GameFlow heuristics for designing and evaluating real-time strategy games

Sweetser, Penelope, Johnson, Daniel M., Wyeth, Peta, & Ozdowska, Anne (2012) GameFlow heuristics for designing and evaluating real-time strategy games. In Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Playing the System, ACM, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.

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The GameFlow model strives to be a general model of player enjoyment, applicable to all game genres and platforms. Derived from a general set of heuristics for creating enjoyable player experiences, the GameFlow model has been widely used in evaluating many types of games, as well as non-game applications. However, we recognize that more specific, low-level, and implementable criteria are potentially more useful for designing and evaluating video games. Consequently, the research reported in this paper aims to provide detailed heuristics for designing and evaluating one specific game genre, real-time strategy games. In order to develop these heuristics, we conducted a grounded theoretical analysis on a set of professional game reviews and structured the resulting heuristics using the GameFlow model. The resulting 165 heuristics for designing and evaluating real-time strategy games are presented and discussed in this paper.

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ID Code: 58220
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1145/2336727.2336728
ISBN: 9781450314107
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
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