CityVille: collaborative game play, communication and skill development in social networks
Mara-Esther Del-Moral Prez, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Oviedo ; Alba-Patricia Guzmn-Duque, Faculty of Management, Economics and Accounting, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia
NAERJ Volume 3, Number 1, ISSN 2254-7339 Publisher: University of Alicante
This paper has as its aim to analyze how CityVille, a videogame hosted on Facebook and oriented to the construction of a virtual city, can favor collaboration between gamers along with the exchange of strategies, equally contributing to learning transfer and skill acquisition. The first step consists in identifying the opportunities which the said game can offer in order to develop skills and promote learning formats linked with planning and resource management, after which a presentation is made of the opinions expressed by a sample of gamers (N=105) –belonging to the Fans-CityVille community– about the priorities established by them to communicate with their neighbors and the skills that they believe to have acquired playing this game. 85.7% of them state that they communicate with others to share strategies and expand their city. Unlike women, who value collaboration, men prioritize competition. Designing their city has enhanced a number of gamer skills in different proportions: creative skills (71.4%); organizational ones (68.0%); skills associated with decision-making and problem-solving (67.0%); and interpersonal skills through interaction with others (61.9%). The CityVille game mode favors skill development and helps to create a ludic atmosphere of collaboration and optimal strategy exchange through communication between neighbors by strengthening their mutual relationships. Its formula moves away from the often-criticized competitive practices of other games.
Del-Moral Prez, M.E. & Guzmn-Duque, A.P. (2014). CityVille: collaborative game play, communication and skill development in social networks. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research (NAER Journal), 3(1), 11-19. University of Alicante.
© 2014 University of Alicante
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