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Johannes Konert

Video Game Personalization via Social Media Participation

Social Media and user-generated content can be used as a ‘call for action’ to let users contribute content to other users’ multimedia experience. If combined with Serious Games and used for knowledge exchange among peers, Social Media content can be used to influence and enrich one’s gameplay experience as well as raise attention of connected persons in an Online Social Network (OSN) environment. In this paper we will describe the technical setup of a serious game connected to an OSN (here: facebook) via a social communication middleware. Befriended persons that are currently online can contribute content to specific calls from the game via a dynamically generated web interface that is linked to published notifications in the OSN. Results of a first study show that both, game player and connected people of the OSN, appreciate the personalization and participation via user-generated content that is integrated into the game play.

Kurzer Lebenslauf

Johannes Konert finished his diploma in Computer Science and accompanying studies in cultural studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with a thesis proposing a web-based knowledge management system for the integration of work flow and learn flow. After three years working on the foundation and development of the online social network friendcafe as CEO and senior developer he joined the research group at Multimedia Communication Lab (KOM) at Technische Universität Darmstadt to focus on serious games and social networks. He became a Ph.D. student of the DFG Research Training Group “Feedback-based Quality Management in E-learning”. From 2010 to 2013 he focused in his dissertation on the development of solutions to use social media concepts for knowledge transfer between peers in serious games. Currently, his research builds on these outcomes and concentrates on optimization of knowledge exchange among peers in social media applications.


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