ITP Thesis Week 2009
Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8


Alex Abreu
Tim Szetela

WikiPaths is a hyperlink scavenger hunt played on top of Wikipedia.

WikiPaths is a hyperlink scavenger hunt game played on in which players try to find the shortest path between two, seemingly unconnected, encyclopedic entries. WikiPaths is not a separate website, but rather a casual game superimposed on Wikipedia itself. The game is written in JavaScript and runs as a Greasemonkey Firefox Add-on, allowing users to start a new game at their leisure as they also browse the encyclopedia. WikiPaths fuses normal browsing behavior with casual gaming, and explores how re-contextualizing an existing site can yield vital information about the connectivity of information and how people navigate information space.

User Scenario