Games for public spaces

Socialization is the process through which humans learn to become functioning members of their society. This process introduces individuals to the norms, beliefs and behaviors of a society. Cities foster public spaces as an attempt to meet the growing need for social interaction. They are designed in such a way that people are comfortable to gather and interact with each other. Such spaces enable people to engage in diverse social activities which helps a society to grow.

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This project, focuses on how people can be motivated to interact in public spaces. The project establishes the need for people to interact and why they hold back due to various socio-cultural constraints. Participants have to find strangers and complete one more more collaborative tasks to progress through the game. Each player is made anonymous with a nickname, protecting their privacy. The tasks were designed in such a way that, like-minded people gets to do something of their interest, which can help as an ice-breaker. Tasks being cooperative in nature, helped the participants in team building skills, which inturn enabled social interaction. By designing digital game for smartphones, participants were provided with the freedom to play the game anywhere, at anytime they wanted.