A Serious Game for Changing Mindsets About Loans for Home Retrofitting

Olivier Dikken, Kushal Prakash, Bart Roseboom, Ana Rubio, Sander Østvik, Maijael Bueno , Nestor Z. Salamon, Rafael Bidarra

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Abstract

Adding energy-saving products to your house can benefit the economy, the environment and your living comfort. However, these products are very costly, and many people cannot afford them using their own savings. There exist several options for funding these projects, but people do not take advantage of such due to lack of information and the common negative view on using external funding. Psychological objections on taking loans include future time perspective, perception of short time rewards and connotation of loans itself. This paper presents a serious game aimed at changing people’s mindset on taking loans to retrofit energy into their homes; Supreme Green Time Machine is a tycoon game in which you can acquire energy-saving products for your home. A main mechanic in the game is the opportunity to take loans to fund the purchase of these upgrades. Combined with other underlying mechanics, such as the time progress and social feedback, the game targets the different psychological objections to long term loans for home retrofitting. From a preliminary evaluation, we conclude that Supreme Green Time Machine effectively succeeds in making players more positive towards using loans to retrofit their homes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames and Learning Alliance
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference, GALA 2020, Proceedings
EditorsIza Marfisi-Schottman, Francesco Bellotti, Ludovic Hamon, Roland Klemke
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages347-361
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-63464-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-63463-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event9th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2020 - Laval, France
Duration: 9 Dec 202010 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12517
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2020
CountryFrance
CityLaval
Period9/12/2010/12/20

Keywords

  • Energy finance
  • Future time perspective
  • Home retrofitting
  • Persuasive games
  • Serious games
  • Sustainability

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