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Interpretation of Map Symbols in the Context of Gamers’ Age and Experience

Department of Cartography and Geomatics, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, 61-712 Poznań, Poland
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2022, 11(2), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi11020150
Received: 16 December 2021 / Revised: 30 January 2022 / Accepted: 20 February 2022 / Published: 21 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cartography and Geomedia)
In this article researchers examined the differences that may characterise selected groups of gamers with regard to age and time spent on playing a survival game, Valheim, confronted with their interpretation of map symbols used in the game. The Valheim video game, which was released in early 2021, is a survival game set in a gameplay world inspired by Norse mythology. The authors of the article noted that the age factor and gaming experience may have different results in terms of the interpretation of cartographic products. The obtained data came from an online questionnaire. In the statistical analysis the authors employed the Pearson’s chi-squared test and the Benjamini–Hochberg procedure to find statistically significant differences between selected groups of respondents and their subjective interpretation of map symbols. Statistical analysis showed several differences and interesting relationships in the interpretation of symbols in relation to the age of the players and in the interpretation of symbols in relation to the time spent in the game. For future research, it is worth continuing towards researching new video games with existing cartographic products in order to investigate how games and players influence the culture in which they participate. View Full-Text
Keywords: map symbols; video games; statistical analysis; gamers’ experience; cartographic design; multimedia cartography map symbols; video games; statistical analysis; gamers’ experience; cartographic design; multimedia cartography
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Horbiński, T.; Zagata, K. Interpretation of Map Symbols in the Context of Gamers’ Age and Experience. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2022, 11, 150. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi11020150

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Horbiński T, Zagata K. Interpretation of Map Symbols in the Context of Gamers’ Age and Experience. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2022; 11(2):150. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi11020150

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Horbiński, Tymoteusz, and Krzysztof Zagata. 2022. "Interpretation of Map Symbols in the Context of Gamers’ Age and Experience" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 11, no. 2: 150. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi11020150

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