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Serious games as research instruments – Do’s and don’ts from a cross-case-analysis in transportation

Freese, Maria and Lukosch, Heide and Wegener, Jan and König, Alexandra (2020) Serious games as research instruments – Do’s and don’ts from a cross-case-analysis in transportation. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 20 (4), pp. 103-126. Delft University of Technology. DOI: 10.18757/ejtir.2020.20.4.4205 ISSN 1567-7141

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Serious games as research instruments are seen as a special type of participatory modelling, allowing a researcher to observe the behaviour and decisions taken by players. Yet, games have their own dynamics and come with certain challenges when used as a research instrument. This article reports on specific challenges in using games as research instruments in the domain of transportation. Therefore, three digital games from the transportation sub-systems freight transport, airport management and public transport are presented. The cases are analysed according to the challenges faced during the phases of requirements analysis, design, implementation, usage as research instrument, and evaluation. Based on this cross-case analysis of the research games, Do’s and Don’ts as well as practical recommendations are derived to support researchers and practitioners in applying serious games as research instruments in transportation. The new ReDIRE-framework to analyse serious games for research purposes is presented for this aim. Design guidelines resulting from our contribution can be helpful for game designers and researchers alike.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/132235/
Document Type:Article
Title:Serious games as research instruments – Do’s and don’ts from a cross-case-analysis in transportation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Freese, MariaGerman Aerospace CenterUNSPECIFIED
Lukosch, HeideTU Delft, Faculty of Technology Policy and ManagementUNSPECIFIED
Wegener, JanJan.Wegener (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
König, AlexandraAlexandra.Koenig (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6332-3817
Date:19 October 2020
Journal or Publication Title:European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.18757/ejtir.2020.20.4.4205
Page Range:pp. 103-126
Publisher:Delft University of Technology
Keywords:Serious game, game-based research, research tool, case study, transportation systems
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Movement
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Institute of Transportation Systems > Verification and Validation
Institute of Flight Guidance
Deposited By: König, Alexandra
Deposited On:26 Oct 2020 13:46
Last Modified:26 Oct 2020 13:46

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