Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

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 Reddy, Priyanka
%A Tewari, Anuj
%T Collaborative Games on Mobile Phones
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2009
%8 June 1
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%F Tan:EECS-2009-89