Pongratz, Alexander
Supervisor:Prof. Gudrun Klinker
Advisor:Plecher, David (@ne23mux)
Submission Date:15.05.2022


The digital media culture has spread into a large proportion of the world’s population, so that today it is less likely to encounter someone who never has come in touch with it than the other way around. The same is true for digital games. This thesis examines whether serious games and gamification are suitable tools for learning Japanese kanji. For this purpose, two examples, on the one hand, the existing serious game DragonTale and a gamification project developed for this thesis, were considered and analyzed. To investigate whether the approaches can create an entertaining and motivating learning environment that enables learners to increase their skills and performance, a user study took place for each project. The focus of the studies was on examining measurable effects, such as learning success, as well as the game and user experience.

Project Description

The goal of this project is to gain a better understanding of how serious games and gamification can help with learning Japanese kanji, and, ultimately, if they are usable as tools to improve the learners' skills and performance. With this objective, a user study each was conducted for two projects; a serious game and a gamification app. For the game side of things, the serious game DragonTale was considered and analyzed. DragonTale is being developed since 2015, which one of the latest iterations (2022) will be investigated during the user study. For the gamification side, a newly created gamification project developed for this thesis was examined.


The new gamification project (name pending) was developed in Unity 2020.3.18f (URP) and is inspired by language learning gamification apps like LingoDeer, Duolingo, or Drops.

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