Collaborative Games on Mobile Phones

Simon Tan, Priyanka Reddy and Anuj Tewari

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2009-89
June 1, 2009

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-89.pdf

There are many efforts to utilize the mobile phone as a computing platform in developing regions of the world. One effective approach is to build educational games for children in these regions. Existing games in this space are typically single-player affairs, devoid of the possibly beneficial element of collaboration between multiple learners. We seek to explore the feasibility of creating multiplayer mobile phone games based on traditionally multiplayer real-life games played by children in these regions, in such a way as to encourage collaboration between players. We describe a game called Colour Colour that was built for this purpose and the results of initial deployments of this game to children in rural India and ESL students in California.

Advisor: John F. Canny


BibTeX citation:

@mastersthesis{Tan:EECS-2009-89,
    Author = {Tan, Simon and Reddy, Priyanka and Tewari, Anuj},
    Title = {Collaborative Games on Mobile Phones},
    School = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2009},
    Month = {Jun},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-89.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2009-89},
    Abstract = {There are many efforts to utilize the mobile phone as a computing platform in developing regions of the world. One effective approach is to build educational games for children in these regions. Existing games in this space are typically single-player affairs, devoid of the possibly beneficial element of collaboration between multiple learners. We seek to explore the feasibility of creating multiplayer mobile phone games based on traditionally multiplayer real-life games played by children in these regions, in such a way as to encourage collaboration between players. We describe a game called Colour Colour that was built for this purpose and the results of initial deployments of this game to children in rural India and ESL students in California.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Tewari, Anuj
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