The goal of this study is to gain insight into the effects of context on educational game experience. Using a quasi-experimental setup, it compares the playing and learning experiences of adolescent players of the awareness-raising game PING in a domestic (N=135) and a school (N=121) context. Results indicate that both gaming (identification, enjoyment) and learning experiences are more intense in a home compared to a school context. However, all of the variance in gaming and part of that in learning experience are caused by longer playing times and better computer equipment. Moreover, the overall impact of context on perceived learning is significantly smaller than that of other experiential factors such as identification and enjoyment. Thus context should be considered as a significant yet relatively small determinant of learning experience.

Context, Game experience, Game-based learning, Serious games, Situated play
Electronic Journal of e-Learning
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

De Grove, F, Van Looy, J, Neys, J.L.D, & Jansz, J. (2012). Playing in school or at home?. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 10(2), 199–208. Retrieved from