The convergence of smartphones, GPS, the Internet, and social networks has given rise to a playful, educational, and social media known as location-based and hybrid reality games. The essays in this book investigate this new phenomenon and provide a broad overview of the emerging field of location-aware mobile games, highlighting critical, social scientific, and design approaches to these types of games, and drawing attention to the social and cultural implications of mobile technologies in contemporary society. With a comprehensive approach that includes theory, design, and education, this edited volume is one of the first scholarly works to engage the emerging area of multi-user location-based mobile games and hybrid reality games. It is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate courses covering mobile phone or gaming culture, media history and educational technology, as well as researchers and the general public.
The Editors: Adriana de Souza e Silva is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and Director of the Mobile Gaming Research Lab. She is also a faculty member of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at NCSU. In 2004/2005, she was Senior Researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at CRESST (Center for the Study of Evaluation). Dr. de Souza e Silva holds a Ph.D. in communication and culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From 2001-2004 she was a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Department of Design / Media Arts. Her research focuses on how locative mobile interfaces change our relationship to space and create new social environments via media art and hybrid reality games. Daniel M. Sutko is a doctoral student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University, where he earned his M.S. in Communication. His research interests include cultural studies, technology and social practices, and the rhetoric of technology. He teaches media history and theory in the Department of Communication and is a research assistant in the NCSU Mobile Gaming Research Lab. His current projects examine how social space is shaped and governed through locative media and disaster management communication technologies.
Contents: Adriana de Souza e Silva/Daniel M. Sutko: Merging Digital and Urban Playspaces: An Introduction to the Field - Eric Gordon: Redefining the Local: The Distinction between Located Information and Local Knowledge in Location-Based Games - Li Xiong/Rabindra Ratan/Dmitri Williams: Location-Based Mobile Games: A Theoretical Framework for Research - Michiel de Lange: From Always-On to Always-There: Locative Media as Playful Technologies - Adriana de Souza e Silva/Daniel M. Sutko: On the Social and Political Implications of Hybrid Reality Gaming: An Interview with Matt Adams from Blast Theory - Larissa Hjorth: The Politics of Being Mobile: A Case Study of a Different Model for Conceptualizing Mobility, Gaming, and Play - Christian Licoppe/Yoriko Inada: Mediated Co-Proximity and Its Dangers in a Location-Aware Community: A Case of Stalking - Frans Mayra/Petri Lankoski: Play in Hybrid Reality: Alternative Approaches to Game Design - Katerina Diamantaki/Charalampos Rizopoulos/Dimitris Charitos/Nikos Tsianos: LOCUNET: Location-Based Games as Media Communicating Social Meaning - Nicolas Nova/Fabien Girardin: Framing the Issues for the Design of Location-Based Games - Sebastian Matyas/Christian Matyas/Hiroko Mitarai/Maiko Kamata/Peter Kiefer/Christoph Schlieder: Designing Location-Based Mobile Games: The CityExplorer Case Study - Robert W. Sweeny/Ryan M. Patton: CitySneak: Play, Pedagogy, and Surveillance - Tom Soederlund: Proximity Gaming: New forms of Wireless Network Gaming - Shaun Cashman/Christin Gulick Phelps: The Role of Role-Play in Pervasive Location-Based Mobile Games - Girlie C. Delacruz/Gregory K. W. K. Chung/Eva L. Baker: Finding a Place: Developments of Location-Based Mobile Gaming in Learning and Assessment Environments - Hannamari Saarenpaa: Using Pervasive Games in Education: A Case Study of the Educational Mobile Game MathX - John Martin: Gaming the Wild: Developing Augmented Reality Games on Handhelds for an Outdoor Summer Camp - Wilfried Admiraal/Sanne Akkerman/Jantina Huizenga/Henk van Zeijts: Location-Based Technology and Game-Based Learning in Secondary Education: Learning about Medieval Amsterdam - Deanna P. Dannels/Adriana de Souza e Silva: OnSite and Engaged: Hybrid-Reality Gaming in Communication across the Curriculum Initiatives.