Supporting Interventions to Reduce Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Transdisciplinary Role-Playing Game Development

Buyung Agusdinata, Heide Lukosch

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    Abstract

    Background. Designing interventions for conserving the food, energy, and water nexus at household level poses a significant challenge due to the complex interplay between human behaviors, technologies, and policies. Games show potential to increase awareness for environmental issues and influence behaviors towards more sustainable practices. Aim. By bringing together scientists and practitioners in the game design process, a transdisciplinary (TD) approach is seen as a promising way to integrate available knowledge and establish ownership of the problem and solution options. Few gaming literature, however, looked at combining the two approaches in addressing resource conservation issues. Method. We present a systematic account of the TD approach process of developing a role-playing game (RPG) - called HomeRUN (Role-play for Understanding Nexus). Results. We documented our experiences in terms of challenges as well as the benefits of the TD approach. Interacting disciplines in this process include psychology, economics, engineering, climate, sociology, and computer science. Inputs from each discipline combined with feedback from social actors that include city government, utility companies, and community members facilitated continuous improvements of the RPG design.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)359-376
    Number of pages18
    JournalSimulation and Gaming
    Volume50
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

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    Gas emissions
    Greenhouse gases
    Computer science
    Conservation
    Feedback
    Economics
    Water
    Industry
    Greenhouse gas emissions
    Household
    Game design

    Keywords

    • climate change
    • development
    • environment
    • learning
    • role-playing game

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    • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
    • Computer Science Applications

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    Supporting Interventions to Reduce Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions : A Transdisciplinary Role-Playing Game Development. / Agusdinata, Buyung; Lukosch, Heide.

    In: Simulation and Gaming, Vol. 50, No. 3, 01.06.2019, p. 359-376.

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