Articles about Games

Educational Games: Ten Design Tips for Immersive Learning Experiences

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Ten practical tips from designing a game to teach a complex biomedical topic. Even more challenging, the audience was non-gamer health professionals. [Read More]

Better Games: Insights from Eye Tracking

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Using eye tracking during usability testing of games decreases potentially false assumptions, and helps developers better understand player behavior by offering qualitative insights. [Read More]

Play Your Way to Productivity: Using Game Design to Achieve “Flow”

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The Email Game, a productivity game inspired by the linearity of in-game tasks, structures your workday into unit-based sessions, breaking work into manageable units. [Read More]

Social Games with Words: A Short History of Implementations

Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of a platform is critical to getting the most out of user interface designs for it. [Read More]

Designing Games for
 Non-Gamers: Rapid Prototyping as a Design Methodology

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In designing games for non-gamers, provide more clarity in the tutorial and game mechanics and do not to rely on players’ prior digital media expertise. [Read More]

Multi-screen Games and Beyond: New Dimensions in User Interaction

User experiences, and thus games, evolve with continued interaction with and between screens everywhere. [Read More]

Simplifying Game Interfaces: Principles for Hiding UI Complexity

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Correctly amplifying the microscopic motions of thumbs on a game controller to avoid over-whelming first time players may be achieved through context sensitivity. [Read More]

Using Biometrics to Reveal Insights into the Player Experience

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Biometric sensors, particularly EMG and EEG, help user researchers in understanding digital experiences, gaining insight into how users experience websites. [Read More]

Playing to Learn: Teaching User Research to Game Design Students

Students of Game Player Experience understand the value of user research first hand by learning good game user experience principles and seeing those principles implemented. [Read More]

Games in the Real World: Some Characteristics We Can Use

User experience designers capitalize on the gameful attributes of everyday activities, influencing human behavior to promote new kinds of interactions, creating change in the real world. [Read More]

Looking to Games for the New User Experience: What Other Website Interfaces Can Learn

Games have come a long way since the 1980s when gamers—in the modern video game sense—were a young, fringe lot. [Read More]

On the Edge: Gaming the User Experience

Game design often seems to turn usability principles upside down: traditional, information-oriented design values the standards of usability, usefulness, and appeal, but game developers start from the other direction and work back. [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Games, Gameplay,
 and Gamification

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Game design has come a long way. Game-conscious UX, whether in traditional games or gamified-applications, will play an important role in the future. [Read More]

Engaging with Mental Health: Opportunity for Collaboration

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Collaboration between human-computer interaction (HCI) and mental health professionals can play a valuable role in future research on mental health technologies. [Read More]

Keep It Simple. 
At First: Designing Game-Based
 Tools for Youth

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Research with adolescent World of Warcraft players indicated design strategies that will help make Massive Multiplayer Online Game more accessible for individuals of all ages. [Read More]

What’s News: Thoughts as Art

The latest iteration of a colorful web-based computer program illustrates the “thought process” of a computer faced with making a move in a chess game. The Thinking Machine 4 (http://www.turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/method.html) lets you see how it analyzes each possible move before it decides how to respond to yours. Using threads of green for your moves and […] [Read More]

The View from Here: Game Over?

People with physical disabilities want, demand, and deserve to play games. Let’s make games more accessible, for them and for our future selves. [Read More]

What’s News: Wii Usability Woos Non-Gamers

Nintendo broke a usability barrier with its Wii gaming system by creating an interface that could be easily learned by users less experienced with gaming. [Read More]

Power Play (Issue 3.3)

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Games, gamers, emotions and storytelling. (Full text not available) [Read More]