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An Agent-Based Model to Explore Game Setting Effects on Attitude Change During a Role Playing Game Session

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Role playing games (RPGs) can be used as participatory simulation methods for environmental management. However, researchers in the field need to be aware of the influence of the game settings on participants' behavioural patterns and attitudes, before fine tuning the design and use of their games. We developed an agent-based model (CauxAttitude) to assess the framing induced by the conditions of implementation of a specific game, named CauxOpération, on possible changes in participants' attitudes. We designed CauxAttitude on the basis of social psychology theories that describe relations between attitudes and behaviours, as well as on observations of CauxOpération sessions. In this paper, we describe how the model behaved according to variations in the initialization of the parameters, our aim being to explore the effects of subjective choices concerning model design and implementation. The results of our simulations enabled us to identify effects of game settings we explored, including the choice of the population of participants or of the number of participants made by the game designer. Our results also revealed the underlying mechanisms that explain the effects of game settings. These provide clues to the game designer on how to manage them.

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  • Emmanuel Dubois & Olivier Barreteau & Véronique Souchère, 2013. "An Agent-Based Model to Explore Game Setting Effects on Attitude Change During a Role Playing Game Session," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 16(1), pages 1-2.
  • Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:2011-88-2
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    1. Davide Secchi & Raffaello Seri, 2017. "Controlling for false negatives in agent-based models: a review of power analysis in organizational research," Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 94-121, March.
    2. Dirk Van Rooy & Ian Wood & Eric Tran, 2016. "Modelling the Emergence of Shared Attitudes from Group Dynamics Using an Agent-Based Model of Social Comparison Theory," Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(1), pages 188-204, January.

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