Play with Me! Gender-Typed Social Play Behavior Analysis in Interactive Tag Games

Alejandro Manuel Moreno Celleri, Ronald Walter Poppe, Dirk K.J. Heylen

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    Promoting social behavior is one of the key goals in interactive games. In this paper, we present an experimental study in the Interactive Tag Playground (ITP) to investigate whether social behaviors reported in literature can also be observed through automated analysis. We do this by analyzing players’ positions and roles, which the ITP logs automatically. Specifically, we address the effect that gender and age have on the amount of tags and the distance that players keep between them. Our findings largely replicate existing research, although not all hypothesized differences reached a level of statistical significance. With this proof-of-concept study, we have paved the way for the automated analysis of play, which can aid in making interactive playgrounds more engaging.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN 2016), Revised Selected Papers
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-49615-3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
    Event8th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2016 - Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 28 Jun 201630 Jun 2016
    Conference number: 8

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    ISSN (Print)1867-8211
    ISSN (Electronic)1867-8211


    Conference8th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2016
    Abbreviated titleINTETAIN 2016
    Internet address


    • Social behavior analysis
    • EWI-27428
    • Children’s play
    • IR-102939
    • Interactive Playgrounds
    • METIS-320893
    • Ambient entertainment

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