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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. 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/137360/
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, MariaMaria.Freese (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lukosch, HeideHIT Lab NZ, University of CanterburyUNSPECIFIED
Wegener, JanJan.Wegener (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2883-8334
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
Publisher:Delft University of Technology
Keywords:Serious gaming, air transportation, airport management, public transport
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic Concepts and Operation (old), V - Energie und Verkehr
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Institute of Transportation Systems > Verification and Validation
Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Deposited By: Ruta, Kerstin
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 10:43
Last Modified:10 Nov 2020 10:43

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