Futura

Project Overview

This research involved the creation of a collaborative learning game called Futura: The Sustainable Futures Game, which is implemented on a custom multi-touch digital tabletop platform. The design-oriented research goal of the project is to explore the novel design space of collaborative, multi-touch tabletop games for learning.

Expertise in learning theory, pedagogy and child development is needed to make certain that the game is appropriate to the learning styles and capabilities of the intended audience.

Game design expertise ensures the game is intrinsically pleasurable to play. The dynamics of systems of play includes player motivation, rewards, reinforcement schedules, and feedback.

Knowledge of the specific subject domain around which the game’s learning outcomes are structured is necessary to ensure that the game does not misrepresent the subject matter.

Venues & Events

SURREY 2010 CELEBRATION SITE

February 12-28, 2010 @ Holland Park, Surrey 

Futura spent the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at 2010 Sustainable Way in the Sustainabilty Zone at Surrey’s Holland Park.

SOCIAL MOBILISATION FOR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS RESEARCH

March 10, 2010 @ UBC 

Futura made an appearance at UBC’s Social Mobilisation for Climate Solutions Research event, entitled “Making Global Warming Unacceptable: From Perceptions to Social Action".

SFU SURREY’S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE 2010

March 4, 2010 @ SFU Surrey Campus – http://www.surrey.sfu.ca/openhouse

Futura was displayed at Simon Fraser University Surrey’s annual Open House on Thursday March 4, 2010 from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

Papers

Team

  • Alissa N. Antle: Research, Project and Design Lead
  • Joshua Tanenbaum, Game Designer
  • Katie Seaborn, Artist and UI Designer
  • Karen Tanenbaum, Game Designer
  • Allen Bevans, UI Designer
  • Sijie Wang, Programmer