The enemy within: designing a cell-based gameplay system for cancer education

Robin J. S. Sloan, Adrian Saurin

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This paper outlines the design and preliminary evaluation of The Enemy Within, a browser-based game produced to raise awareness of the nature of cancer as a progressive disease. Aimed at high school and young adult audiences, the ambition with the game is to make visible to players the myriad ways in which healthy cells can mutate and ultimately inherit hallmarks of cancer, whilst also demonstrating how both real-world behaviours and underlying genetics impact both positively and negatively on cell health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication CHI Play '19 Extended Abstracts
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion Extended Abstracts
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450368711
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019
EventCHI PLAY 2019 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


ConferenceCHI PLAY 2019
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  • Computer games
  • Serious games
  • Applied games
  • Educational games
  • Games for health
  • Cancer


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