Patterns of Play

This visualization is one of many created for Patterns of Play, a user experience research study of Plant Wars, an online fighting RPG. The goal of the project was to gain deeper understanding of how and why players played the game, and to produce design recommendations for increasing in-game community involvement. The study utilized a hybrid approach: visualizations of individual player’s patterns were created from the game’s server logs, and then brought to ethnographic interviews with participants to act as scaffolding for the participants’ stories. The visualizations then functioned as artifacts to convey those stories and insights to stakeholders.