Fluidic games in cultural contexts

Mark J. Nelson, Swen E. Gaudl, Simon Colton, Edward J. Powley, Blanca Pérez Ferrer, Rob Saunders, Peter Ivey, Michael Cook

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We introduce fluidic games, a type of casual creator that blends game play and game design. Fluidic games have a core of built-in games that anchor a space of design possibilities around them, and encourage players to alternate between playing specific games and playing with the design space. Our Gamika Technology platform supports fluidic games on mobile devices, and we have thus far built three of them. In doing so, we have found that even for simple games, fluidic games require computational creativity support. This takes several forms intended to keep design sessions playful and fast-moving, including automated game design used as a form of brainstorming, mixed-initiative co-creative design to ease design-space navigation, and automated game playing to evaluate game dynamics. Finally, we have exhibited this fluidic-games concept in three distinct cultural settings: a series of rapid game jams lasting 1-2 hours each, an in-progress semester-long enrichment course with a local school, and an art installation that foregrounds an autonomous version of the system exploring a fluidic game on its own, at least if the audience will allow it to do so.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2017
EditorsAshok Goel, Anna Jordanous, Alison Pease
Place of PublicationAtlanta GA USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Creativity (ACC)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780692895641
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computational Creativity 2017 - Atlanta, United States of America
Duration: 19 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
Conference number: 8th
https://computationalcreativity.net/iccc2017/iccc17_proceedings.pdf (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Creativity 2017
Abbreviated titleICCC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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