Marrying Game Development with Knowledge Management: Challenges and Potentials

Niesenhaus, J., & Lohmann, S. (2009). In T. Pellegrini, S. Auer, K. Tochtermann, & S. Schaffert (Eds.), Networked Knowledge - Networked Media: Integrating Knowledge Management, New Media Technologies and Semantic Systems. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.


The game industry has long been neglected as a market and research area for knowledge management and semantic technologies. However, as the budgets for game projects are growing and game development is subject to an increasing professionalization and specialization coupled with outsourcing and offshoring, new needs and potentials for continuous knowledge management and the use of semantic technologies emerge. This chapter starts with a description of the current situation and examines typical game development activities and involved parties that could benefit from a continuous knowledge management support. Subsequently, it provides a general framework architecture and implementation examples that show how knowledge management and semantic technologies can be employed to support game development.


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Towards Continuous Integration of Knowledge Management into Game Development

Lohmann, S., & Niesenhaus, J. (2008). In K. Tochtermann & H. Maurer (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Knowledge Management (I-KNOW 08). Graz: J.UCS.

Untersuchung des Einflusses rationaler und emotionaler Faktoren bei der Entscheidungsfindung in virtuellen Spielwelten

Lohmann, S., Schielke, K., & Niesenhaus, J. (2009). In K.-P. Fähnrich & F. Schumacher (Eds.), Digitale Spiele in Forschung und Lehre: Beiträge zum Games Summer Camp 2008. Leipzig.

Fostering Knowledge Flow and Community Engagement in the Development of Interactive Entertainment

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The 2DGree framework applies methods of visual programming to develop rapid game prototypes.

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Playful and Social Interaction

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