TableTalk Poker: An online social gaming environment for seniors

Nicholas Shim*, Ronald Baecker, Jeremy Birnholtz, Karyn Moffatt

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Abstract

In this paper we describe TableTalk Poker, an online social gaming environment designed for seniors. In addition to text chat among all the players, the system supports voice conversations between each player and a non-playing partner, who may assume various roles such as peer, mentor, or learner. This paper reports on our user-centred design process, which included significant field work; the resulting system design; and the results of preliminary testing. We found that allowing seniors' participation by assuming various roles improves game accessibility and aids learning. Our pilot subjects enjoy this playing format and the opportunities for conversation that it provides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuture Play 2010
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, Play, Share - International Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology
Pages98-104
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventInternational Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology, Future Play 2010 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: May 6 2010May 7 2010

Publication series

NameFuture Play 2010: Research, Play, Share - International Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology

Other

OtherInternational Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology, Future Play 2010
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period5/6/105/7/10

Keywords

  • Casual games
  • Game engagement
  • Learning
  • Online games
  • Poker
  • Roles
  • Seniors
  • Serious games
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Shim, N., Baecker, R., Birnholtz, J., & Moffatt, K. (2010). TableTalk Poker: An online social gaming environment for seniors. In Future Play 2010: Research, Play, Share - International Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology (pp. 98-104). (Future Play 2010: Research, Play, Share - International Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology). https://doi.org/10.1145/1920778.1920792