iSchool Capstone

Love is a Game!: A Taxonomy and Repository of Dating Games

Project tags:

equity & inclusion

information behavior & user research

knowledge organization

Project poster

Dating games are interactive electronic games that touch upon complex, real-world issues such as successfully navigating relationships, achieving healthy emotional intimacy, and exploring gender and sexual identities. However, conventional game tagging does not reflect the nuances of the genre or serve player information needs. To address this, we developed a taxonomy that is more inclusive of queer themes and can be adapted for both user-facing and back-end game cataloging purposes. We refined it with feedback from user interviews and industry professionals and applied it to create an online repository of dating games that serves as an information hub for players.

Project participants:

Joanne Chern


Michelle Li