Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reality Ends Here: Environmental game design and participatory spectacle
by Watson, Jeff, Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2012, 253; 3542331
Abstract (Summary)

This document defines the emerging practice of "environmental game design." This practice is contextualized within a body of theory regarding the production of space and the changing nature of spectacle. Within this context, five interrelated theses regarding environmental game design are presented. These theses are illustrated through discussion and documentation of the central practical component of my doctoral research: Reality Ends Here, an environmental game designed to effect immediate change in the community of learners at the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). Drawing on the research and methodology underlying the design and implementation of Reality Ends Here, this document argues for the transformative potential of environmental game interventions across a range of domains.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McPherson, Tara
Commitee: Anderson, Steve, Fisher, Scott, Fullerton, Tracy
School: University of Southern California
Department: Cinema-Television
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Multimedia Communications
Keywords: Alternate reality games, Environmental game design, Experiential learning, Game design, Pervasive games, Play, Reality Ends Here
Publication Number: 3542331
ISBN: 978-1-267-69991-6
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