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Game-Play Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Exploring the Relationship Between Action, Understanding, and Involvement

Iacovides, I; Cox, AL; McAndrew, P; Aczel, J; Scanlon, E; (2015) Game-Play Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Exploring the Relationship Between Action, Understanding, and Involvement. Human-Computer Interaction , 30 (3-4) pp. 202-231. 10.1080/07370024.2014.987347. Green open access

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Abstract

Game developers have to ensure their games are appealing to, and playable by, a range of people. However, although there has been interest in the game-play experience, we know little about how learning relates to player involvement. This is despite challenge being an integral part of game-play, providing players with potential opportunities to learn. This article reports on a multiple case-study approach that explored how learning and involvement come together in practice. Participants consisted of a mix of gamers and casual players. Data included interviews, multiple observations of game-play, postplay cued interviews, and diary entries. A set of theoretical claims representing suggested relationships between involvement and learning were developed on the basis of previous literature; these were then assessed through a critical examination of the data set. The resulting theory is presented as 14 refined claims that relate to micro and macro involvement; breakdowns and breakthroughs in action, understanding, and involvement; progress; and agency, meaning and compelling game-play. The claims emphasize how players experience learning via breakthroughs in understanding, where involvement is increased when the player feels responsible for progress. Supporting the relationship between learning and involvement is important for ensuring the success of commercial and educational games.

Type: Article
Title: Game-Play Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Exploring the Relationship Between Action, Understanding, and Involvement
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/07370024.2014.987347
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07370024.2014.987347
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Human Computer Interaction in May 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07370024.2014.987347
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1455605
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