Steering Gameplay Behavior in the Interactive Tag Playground

  • Robby van Delden
  • Alejandro Moreno
  • Ronald Poppe
  • Dennis ReidsmaEmail author
  • Dirk Heylen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8850)


This paper deals with steering player behavior in the Interactive Tag Playground (ITP). The ITP, an ambient environment instrumented with contact-free sensor technology and ambient display capabilities, enhances the traditional game of tag by determining when a valid tag has been made and visualising the current tagger. We present three modifications of the ITP that aim to steer the gameplay actions of the players. The modifications are intended to influence who will be chased next by the tagger; to make good players easier to tag and less skilled players harder to tag; and to influence the locations visited by the players. We report on a user study showing that two of the three modifications have a significant effect on the behavior of players in the ITP and discuss opportunities for future research that follow from this study.


User Study Player Behavior Skilled Player Persuasive Technology Game Mechanic 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Björnsson, D., Fridriksson, R., Lund, H.: Adaptivity to age, gender, and gaming platform topology in physical multi-player games. In: Proceedings of ISAROB 2012 (2012)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Dalsgaard, P., Hansen, L.K.: Performing perception — staging aesthetics of interaction. ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact. 15(3), 13:1–13:33 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Derakhshan, A., Hammer, F., Lund, H.: Adapting playgrounds for children’s play using ambient playware. In: IROS, Beijing, China, pp. 5625–5630 (2006)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Fogg, B.J., Hreha, J.: Behavior wizard: A method for matching target behaviors with solutions. In: Ploug, T., Hasle, P., Oinas-Kukkonen, H. (eds.) PERSUASIVE 2010. LNCS, vol. 6137, pp. 117–131. Springer, Heidelberg (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Hamari, J., Koivisto, J., Pakkanen, T.: Do persuasive technologies persuade? - a review of empirical studies. In: Spagnolli, A., Chittaro, L., Gamberini, L. (eds.) PERSUASIVE 2014. LNCS, vol. 8462, pp. 118–136. Springer, Heidelberg (2014)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Her, J.J.: Playing interactivity in public space. In: Proceedings of MMEDIA 2010, Athens, Greece, pp. 22–28 (2010)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Hunicke, R.: The case for dynamic difficulty adjustment in games. In: Proceedings of ACE 2005, Valencia, Spain, pp. 429–433 (2005)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Landry, P., Pares, N.: Controlling and modulating physical activity through interaction tempo in exergames: A quantitative empirical analysis. J. Ambient Intell. Smart Environ. 6(3), 277–294 (2014)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Moreno, A., van Delden, R., Poppe, R., Reidsma, D.: Socially aware interactive playgrounds. Pervasive Computing 12(3), 40–47 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Mueller, F., Vetere, F., Gibbs, M., Edge, D., Agamanolis, S., Sheridan, J., Heer, J.: Balancing exertion experiences. In: CHI 2012, pp. 1853–1862 (2012)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Palmer, S., Popat, S.: Dancing in the streets. Interactions 15(3), 55–59 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Parés, N., Durany, J., Carreras, A.: Massive flux design for an interactive water installation: Water games. In: Proceedings of ACE 2005, Valencia, Spain, pp. 266–269 (2005)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robby van Delden
    • 1
  • Alejandro Moreno
    • 1
  • Ronald Poppe
    • 2
  • Dennis Reidsma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dirk Heylen
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Media InteractionUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Interaction Technology GroupUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations