How location-based gaming affects players' nature and forest experiences

Samuli Laato, Daniel Fernández Galeote, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Konstantinos Papangelis, Juho Hamari

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Abstract

In our digitized modernity, there are an increasing number of discourses related to the benefits of returning to nature for well-being, health, lived daily experiences and promoting ecological sustainability. Concurrently, location-based games (LBGs), such as Pokémon GO, have become a prominent game-technological trend, which influences players' movement out and about in nature. Therefore, LBGs could potentially provide a fruitful development to re-establish some of the human-nature relationships lost in urbanization and industrialization. The aim of this study, therefore, is to explore how contemporary LBGs affect peoples' relationship with nature. We conducted a qualitative study through semi-structured interviews among LBG players. We focused on two complementary seeding points of departure, (1) what aspects of the games affect how players interact with nature and/or are enticed to move in nature, and (2) how LBGs affect the experience in and of nature. The findings detail the multifaceted and bi-directional relationship of how LBGs affect players' perceptions of nature, but simultaneously, nature changes and shapes players' movement and experiences, potentially resulting in increased well-being and more sustainable gaming praxis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 56th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2023
EditorsTung X. Bui
Pages3224-3233
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133164
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventHawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Maui, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 3 Jan 20236 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Electronic)2572-6862

Conference

ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui, Hawaii
Period3/01/236/01/23

Keywords

  • augmented reality
  • forest
  • location-based games
  • Nature
  • pervasive games

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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