From a Video Game in a Virtual World to Collaborative Visual Analytic Tools

Theresa A. O’Connell, Yee-Yin Choong, John Grantham, Michael Moriarty, Wyatt Wong


We investigated collaboration during a riddle-solving video game in a virtual world that drew elements from massively multiplayer online role-playing games and serious games. This disclosed benefits of collaborative game play over non-collaborative play in a virtual world. Participants were in the digital natives age range. Collaboration conditions varied over five sessions. We derived implications for accommodating collaboration in visual analytic (VA) tools. We have determined future research directions with respect to borrowing from video games to design VA tools that accommodate the unique characteristics of digital natives who become information analysts as evidenced during collaboration in a virtual world.


virtual worlds, video game, visal analytic tools

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