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Title: Objects and their participation in the interdisciplinary design and development of computer games
Authors: Panourgias, Nikiforos Stuart
Nandhakumar, J.
Scaebrough, H.
First Published: 23-Jun-2009
Presented at: 17th European Conference on Information Systems, Verona, Italy, 2009
Publisher: European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
Abstract: This paper investigates the role of boundary objects in the interdisciplinary collaborative processes found in computer games development. It draws on data from an in-depth case study in a computer games studio that explores boundary objects in relation to the compelling, sensory and entertainment- centred game-playing practices that inform computer games design and development. Sensory user experience and aesthetic considerations – of primary importance in computer games development – are becoming increasingly significant in the design and development of many other kinds of software and information systems. For this reason developments in the design and production of computer games have wider implications for other software and information systems settings and provide valuable insights into processes of collaboration that bridge cultural and aesthetic as well as technical forms of expertise. The paper seeks to provide insights into how objects contribute to such collaboration, with attention focusing especially on how game developers devise objects that span boundaries and draw on these in their collaboration. Through its focus on the material production and practices of computer games development, the research presented also seeks to contribute to the theoretical treatment of interdisciplinary collaborative working in software design and development via a critical assessment of the concept of boundary objects in the setting being studied.
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © 2009, the authors. All rights reserved.
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, School of Management

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