Anarchy or order on the streets : review based characterization of location based mobile games
Alavesa, Paula; Pakanen, Minna; Kukka, Hannu; Pouke, Matti; Ojala, Timo (2017-10-15)
Paula Alavesa, Minna Pakanen, Hannu Kukka, Matti Pouke, and Timo Ojala. 2017. Anarchy or Order on the Streets: Review Based Characterization of Location Based Mobile Games. In Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 101-113. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3116595.3116614
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Location based mobile games have traditionally relied on implicit codes of conduct, legal ordinances, common social norms, or community emergent rules. However, these games are becoming increasingly popular and enforcing these implicit or explicit restrictions has become difficult. In this paper, we present a critical and systematic review of both commercial and non-commercial location based mobile games. We list selected characteristics of the games and highlight their connection to the affordances and restrictions on urban game arenas. We also demonstrate the feasibility of our characterization by applying it to two recent location based mobile games, Pokemon GO  and Street Art Gangs .
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