Powerball: The design of a novel mixed-reality game for children with mixed abilities

Bas Brederode, Panos Markopoulos, Mathieu Gielen, Arnold Vermeeren, Huib de Ridder

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This paper presents the design of pOwerball, a novel augmented reality computer game for children aged 8-14. The pOwerball was designed to bring together children with and without a physical or learning disability and to encourage social interactions surrounding the play. The contribution of this design case is two fold. From a design perspective, pOwerball exemplifies an emerging class of computer games where the interaction style and game mechanics support social interactions amongst the players. From a methodological perspective, we describe the various ways children became involved in our design process; we highlight the related difficulties and successes in the context of relevant research literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Interaction Design and Children 2005, IDC 2005
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
EventInteraction Design and Children 2005, IDC 2005 - Boulder, CO, United States
Duration: 8 Jun 200510 Jun 2005


ConferenceInteraction Design and Children 2005, IDC 2005
CountryUnited States
CityBoulder, CO


  • Augmented reality
  • GameDesign
  • Social gaming

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