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Speaking about Code 4 at Think Design Play, the DiGRA conference

This year the DiGRA conference will take place 14-17 september in Hilversum, the Netherlands. My alma mater, the Utrecht School of the Arts, is hosting.

We couldn’t resist submitting a practice paper on Code 4, the game we made for the Dutch Tax Administration.1 It got accepted, so I’m speaking.

The program is packed with interesting people, such as Eric Zimmerman, Bernie DeKoven and Reiner Knizia. The opening party features the likes of Kid Koala and Copenhagen Game Collective. So this looks like it will be a winner. Our abstract is below. Hope to see you there:

Promoting organizational change within large government bodies remains an elusive goal. The game Code 4 is developed to create a coherent fully mixed media approach to eliciting organizational change effects by employing employees as the primary actors (players) in a game. The Code 4 game is set in an analogous world with a clear cause to action during a dystopian financial crisis and with rules that mirror but also counteract existing bureaucratic processes. The gameplay rewards successful collaboration regardless of the existing organizational framework. In-game player behavior and results from surveys indicate that most players become wholly engaged with both the core game and with the supporting encounters and that the transfer of game effects is successful.

  1. With the help from Alper Çugun, Herman Koster and Marinka Copier. []
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