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Moving Beyond Fun: Evaluating Serious Experience in Digital Games

Iacovides, I; Cox, AL; (2015) Moving Beyond Fun: Evaluating Serious Experience in Digital Games. In: Begole, B and Kim, J and Inkpen, K and Woo, W, (eds.) CHI '15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. 2245 - 2254). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Games are normally considered to be “fun”, though recently there is growing interest in how gameplay can promote empathy and encourage reflection through “serious experience”. However, when looking beyond enjoyment, it is not clear how to actually evaluate serious experience. We present an evaluation of four games that were submitted to a student game design competition; the competition challenged teams to design a game that inspired curiosity around human error and blame culture within the context of healthcare. The entries were judged by a panel of six experts and subjected to a round of play testing by twelve participants. Methods included gameplay observation, questionnaires, post-play interviews and follow-up email questions. We discuss the utility of these methods, with particular emphasis on how they enabled a consideration of the immediate and longer term impact of serious experience on players.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Moving Beyond Fun: Evaluating Serious Experience in Digital Games
Event: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15)
ISBN-13: 9781450331456
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702204
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702204
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.
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/1467362
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