Gamification for Climate Change Engagement: A User-Centered Design Agenda

Daniel Fernández Galeote, Mikko Rajanen, Dorina Rajanen, Nikoletta Zampeta Legaki, David J. Langley, Juho Hamari

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Policymakers and environmental organizations are increasingly implementing gamification because of its ability to stimulate playful learning and transform human attitudes and behavior. Although it has become a prominent development for climate change engagement, the literature does not adequately address how the underlying motivational systems depend upon user-centered design mechanisms. If gamification is to realize its potential for climate change engagement, it is crucial for designers to apply solid user-centered design principles, as suboptimal designs may do more harm than good. Therefore, we conducted a systematic literature review on gamification for climate change engagement to investigate the application of user-centered design and find key links between design choices and outcomes in 64 articles. We develop the findings into a user-centered design agenda and framework for game-based climate change engagement. This agenda includes design aspects-team multidisciplinarity, context dependence, user involvement, iterative testing, and design choice explication-and outcome aspects-value to users, game mechanics for learning, game content for learning, affective engagement, social engagement, changing real-world behavior, and using game data for research. The agenda is intended to inform gamification academics and practitioners aiming to design effective games for climate change engagement and its recommendations may apply to other complex issues.

Originele taal-2English
TitelMindtrek '23
SubtitelProceedings of the 26th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
UitgeverijAssociation for Computing Machinery
Aantal pagina's12
ISBN van elektronische versie9798400708749
StatusPublished - 3-nov.-2023
Evenement26th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, ACADEMIC MINDTRICK 2023 - Tampere, Finland
Duur: 3-okt.-20236-okt.-2023

Publicatie series

NaamACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference26th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, ACADEMIC MINDTRICK 2023


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