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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:

Anarchy or order on the streets : review based characterization of location based mobile games

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Author: Alavesa, Paula1; Pakanen, Minna1; Kukka, Hannu1;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-12-18


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 [53] and Street Art Gangs [4].

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-4898-0
Pages: 101 - 113
DOI: 10.114 5/3116595.3116614
OADOI: 5/3116595.3116614
Host publication: CHI PLAY '17 Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play : Amsterdam, The Netherlands — October 15 - 18, 2017
Conference: Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work has been supported by the Open Innovation Platforms spearhead project (A70202) and the Open City Model as Open Innovation Platform project (A71143) funded by the ERDF and the City of Oulu under the Six City Strategy program, and the COMBAT project (293389) funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 293389
Detailed Information: 293389 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.