Effective affective user interface design in games

Johnson, Daniel M. & Wiles, Janet (2003) Effective affective user interface design in games. Ergonomics, 46(13-14), pp. 1332-1345.

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It is proposed that games, which are designed to generate positive affect, are most successful when they facilitate flow (Csikszentmihalyi 1992). Flow is a state of concentration, deep enjoyment, and total absorption in an activity. The study of games, and a resulting understanding of flow in games can inform the design of nonleisure software for positive affect. The paper considers the ways in which computer games contravene Nielsen’s guidelines for heuristic evaluation (Nielsen and Molich 1990) and how these contraventions impact on flow. The paper also explores the implications for research that stem from the differences between games played on a personal computer and games played on a dedicated console. This research takes important initial steps towards defining how flow in computer games can inform affective design.

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ID Code: 6693
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Games, Flow, Affect, User-interface design
DOI: 10.1080/00140130310001610865
ISSN: 1366-5847
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2003 Taylor and Francis: First published in Ergonomics 46(13/14):pp. 1332-1345.
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:38

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