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Poverty is not a game: behavioral changes and long term effects after playing PING

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This paper argues that serious games offer opportunities for civic engagement. This engagement is necessary for a good functioning democracy and as such context in which civic engagement flourishes must be nurtured. Games arguably offer such a context by facilitating a playful way of engaging with complex issues, such as poverty. Furthermore, games can provide a context that allows different angles for different players in terms of the same issue. This affects the changing academic notion of what it means to be a good citizen and, in particular, what this entails in terms of a more dynamic conceptualization of citizenship. While there is an increasing academic interest in serious games used as educational tools, a firm body of research within this tradition that considers long-term effects and behavioral changes in this respect is missing. The current study aims to contribute to this by investigating if there are long term behavioral changes in civic engagement and political participation after playing a serious game and how this is related to change in political interest
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poverty, educational games, serious games, games and learning, games and attitude, games and behavior, digital games, civic engagement, gaming

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Neys, Joyce, Jan Van Looy, Frederik De Grove, et al. “Poverty Is Not a Game: Behavioral Changes and Long Term Effects After Playing PING.” 62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. International Communication Association, 2012. Print.
APA
Neys, J., Van Looy, J., De Grove, F., & Jansz, J. (2012). Poverty is not a game: behavioral changes and long term effects after playing PING. 62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. Presented at the 62nd Annual ICA Conference, International Communication Association.
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Neys, Joyce, Jan Van Looy, Frederik De Grove, and Jeroen Jansz. 2012. “Poverty Is Not a Game: Behavioral Changes and Long Term Effects After Playing PING.” In 62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. International Communication Association.
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Neys, Joyce, Jan Van Looy, Frederik De Grove, and Jeroen Jansz. 2012. “Poverty Is Not a Game: Behavioral Changes and Long Term Effects After Playing PING.” In 62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. International Communication Association.
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Neys J, Van Looy J, De Grove F, Jansz J. Poverty is not a game: behavioral changes and long term effects after playing PING. 62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings. International Communication Association; 2012.
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J. Neys, J. Van Looy, F. De Grove, and J. Jansz, “Poverty is not a game: behavioral changes and long term effects after playing PING,” in 62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings, Phoenix, AR, USA, 2012.
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  abstract     = {This paper argues that serious games offer opportunities for civic engagement. This engagement is necessary for a good functioning democracy and as such context in which civic engagement flourishes must be nurtured. Games arguably offer such a context by facilitating a playful way of engaging with complex issues, such as poverty. Furthermore, games can provide a context that allows different angles for different players in terms of the same issue. This affects the changing academic notion of what it means to be a good citizen and, in particular, what this entails in terms of a more dynamic conceptualization of citizenship. While there is an increasing academic interest in serious games used as educational tools, a firm body of research within this tradition that considers long-term effects and behavioral changes in this respect is missing. The current study aims to contribute to this by investigating if there are long term behavioral changes in civic engagement and political participation after playing a serious game and how this is related to change in political interest},
  author       = {Neys, Joyce and Van Looy, Jan and De Grove, Frederik and Jansz, Jeroen},
  booktitle    = {62nd Annual ICA Conference, Proceedings},
  keywords     = {poverty,educational games,serious games,games and learning,games and attitude,games and behavior,digital games,civic engagement,gaming},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Phoenix, AR, USA},
  pages        = {25},
  publisher    = {International Communication Association},
  title        = {Poverty is not a game: behavioral changes and long term effects after playing PING},
  year         = {2012},
}