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Playing with Science: games as a medium of science communication

Stachyra, P and Roughley, M (2023) Playing with Science: games as a medium of science communication. In: Roughley, M, (ed.) Approaches for Science Illustration and Communication. Biomedical Vizualisation, 4 (BV). Springer International Publishing, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, pp. 175-205. ISBN 978-3-031-41651-4

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By metrics, such as average play hours and money spent (as measured per capita or market gross volume), gaming is at the forefront of cultural content consumption; being the most popular form of entertainment in the developed world. While the most common association with gaming would be related to digital gaming, traditional games, such as tabletop roleplaying games and boardgames, are undergoing their own renaissance. All the while, classic traditional games like chess or classic deck card games remain popular. For science communicators, it is important to acknowledge games as effective learning and communication tools. To date, there is no broad-perspective evaluation of the gaming medium published for science communicators. There exist singular studies dealing mostly with digital games, but their particularities have not been explored comparatively. This chapter defines a game; outlines a brief history of games, the parameters, and genres of gaming, and discusses a selection of games that act as science learning and communication tools. Furthermore, our own experience designing “Belly Rumble: a microbiota board game” will contextualise the use of tabletop board games as a biomedical visualisation learning tool.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
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SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2023 08:40
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2023 12:01
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/978-3-031-41652-1_8
Editors: Roughley, M
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20405
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