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Pervasive Gaming: Testing Future Context Aware Applications


  • Annie GENTES

    (Telecom ParisTech, LTCI)

  • Camille JUTANT

    (Telecom ParisTech, LTCI Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse)


More and more technical research projects take place that weave together elements of real and virtual life to provide a new experience defined as pervasive. They bank on the development of mobile services to drive the expansion of pervasive applications and in particular pervasive games. Using geolocalisation, local networks and short range radio frequencies technologies like RFID or other tagging technologies, pervasive games rely on a close relationship to the environment and thus explore the space between fiction and reality. This is their main quality but possibly their main weakness as the development relies on the production of specific contents in relation to the context of use. In this article, we propose to explore what this entirely new paradigm for game design implies in terms of production and how to overcome the limitations due to this dependency of contents and context. Based on our experience of three pervasive games developed within research projects on adhoc wifi (ANR-Safari and ANRTranshumance) and RFID networks (ANR-PLUG), this paper presents different options to reducing the cost of content production relying on either traditional editors or grass root contributions.

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  • Annie GENTES & Camille JUTANT, 2009. "Pervasive Gaming: Testing Future Context Aware Applications," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(73), pages 81-104, 1st quart.
  • Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs7304

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    pervasive games; content production; game design; geolocalised technologies.;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location


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