Natural mapping and intuitive interaction in videogames

McEwan, Mitchell, Blackler, Alethea, Johnson, Daniel, & Wyeth, Peta (2014) Natural mapping and intuitive interaction in videogames. In CHI PLAY '14 Proceedings of the First ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, ACM, Toronto, Canada, pp. 191-200.

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Videogame control interfaces continue to evolve beyond their traditional roots, with devices encouraging more natural forms of interaction growing in number and pervasiveness. Yet little is known about their true potential for intuitive use. This paper proposes methods to leverage existing intuitive interaction theory for games research, specifically by examining different types of naturally mapped control interfaces for videogames using new measures for previous player experience. Three commercial control devices for a racing game were categorised using an existing typology, according to how the interface maps physical control inputs with the virtual gameplay actions. The devices were then used in a within-groups (n=64) experimental design aimed at measuring differences in intuitive use outcomes. Results from mixed design ANOVA are discussed, along with implications for the field.

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ID Code: 80811
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intuitive Interaction, Game Control, Natural Mapping, Control Devices, Games User Research
DOI: 10.1145/2658537.2658541
ISBN: 9781450330145
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ACM
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