The distant Horizon: Investigating the relationship between social sciences academic research and game development

Marcello Passarelli, Jeffrey Earp, Francesca Maria Dagnino, Flavio Manganello, Donatella Persico, Francesca Pozzi, Thomas Buijtenweg, Mata Haggis, Chris Bailey, Carlo Perrotta

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Abstract

Research in the social sciences devotes a great amount of attention to investigating the impact of video games on the individual and on society. However, results generated by this research often fail to inform game development. The present study investigated the outreach of research conducted by the academic community by interviewing 30 game developers and 14 researchers, highlighting critical aspects in the relationship between game research and game industry. Specifically, we found that the difference in priorities, speed cycles, and dissemination practices between these two contexts hinder communication. Subsequently, we carried out a focus group for a set of developers and researchers (N = 6) with the aim of eliciting recommendation for improving communication between academics and developers. Among the recommendations to emerge were calls to diversify dissemination channels, promote joint conferences and develop research-production partnerships. It was felt such measures could strengthen the influence of research results outside the academic community.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100339
Number of pages8
JournalEntertainment Computing
Volume34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • Entertainment games
  • Game development
  • Game research
  • Serious games
  • Video games

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Passarelli, M., Earp, J., Dagnino, F. M., Manganello, F., Persico, D., Pozzi, F., Buijtenweg, T., Haggis, M., Bailey, C., & Perrotta, C. (2020). The distant Horizon: Investigating the relationship between social sciences academic research and game development. Entertainment Computing, 34, [100339]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.entcom.2020.100339