The Distant Horizon: investigating the relationship between social sciences academic research and game development

PASSARELLI, Marcello, EARP, Jeffrey, MARIA DAGNINO, Francesca, MANGANELLO, Flavio, PERSICO, Donatella, POZZI, Francesca, BUIJTENWEG, Thomas, HAGGIS, Mata, BAILEY, Chris J. and PERROTTA, Carlo (2020). The Distant Horizon: investigating the relationship between social sciences academic research and game development. Entertainment Computing, p. 100339.

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Research in the social sciences devotes a great amount of attention to investigating the impact of video games on the individual and on society. However, results generated by this research often fail to inform game development. The present study investigated the outreach of research conducted by the academic community by interviewing 30 game developers and 14 researchers, highlighting critical aspects in the relationship between game research and game industry. Specifically, we found that the difference in priorities, speed cycles, and dissemination practices between these two contexts hinder communication. Subsequently, we carried out a focus group for a set of developers and researchers (N=6) with the aim of eliciting recommendation for improving communication between academics and developers. Among the recommendations to emerge were calls to diversify dissemination channels, promote joint conferences and develop research-production partnerships. It was felt such measures could strengthen the influence of research results outside the academic community.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 18759521 **History: issue date 10-01-2020; accepted 06-01-2020
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Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 09:56
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