John Montague and Luciano Frizzera are developing a cooperative game based on the work of DH practitioners, modeling the experience of researching and publishing in a multi-disciplinary academic environment. In The DH Experience, players collaborate to collect data from around the world, perform research and complete their projects in order to succeed, competing against time and the system inherent to the game.
The complete, tested paper prototype uses a fixed number of real world inspired projects. However, in order to have an ongoing relevance to the DH community, the digital version that is now under development will allow participating organizations to contribute their own projects, making the experience of the game more familiar and meaningful for players. In attempting to increase awareness of contemporary research and interdisciplinary collaboration, this project explores the utility of games as a means of increasing effective interaction within a community of non-game players.