Design influence on social play in distributed exertion games

Mueller, F, Gibbs, M and Vetere, F 2009, 'Design influence on social play in distributed exertion games', in Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Boston, 04-09 April 2009, pp. 1539-1548.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Design influence on social play in distributed exertion games
Author(s) Mueller, F
Gibbs, M
Vetere, F
Year 2009
Conference name 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Conference location Boston
Conference dates 04-09 April 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication United States
Start page 1539
End page 1548
Total pages 10
Abstract Exertion games are an emerging form of interactive games that require players to invest significant physical effort as part of the gameplay, rather than just pressing buttons. These exertion games have potential health benefits by promoting exercise. It is also believed that they can facilitate social play between players and that social play can improve participation in exertion games. However, there is currently a lack of understanding of how to design games to support these effects. In this paper, we present a qualitative case study that illustrates how networked environments support social play in exertion games and how this can help to gain an understanding of existing games and support the design of future games. This work offers a preliminary analytical and descriptive account of the relationship between exertion and social play in such a game and highlights the influence of design with the aim of utilizing the attributed benefits of exertion and social play
Subjects Computer-Human Interaction
Computer Gaming and Animation
Ubiquitous Computing
DOI - identifier 10.1145/1518701.1518938
Copyright notice © 2009 ACM
ISBN 9781605582467
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