Sciweavers

Share
FPLAY
2008

Using genres to customize usability evaluations of video games

8 years 6 months ago
Using genres to customize usability evaluations of video games
Video games are varied, with vastly different visual layouts and interaction styles; however, most games that share a common genre still have many user interface similarities. These similarities suggest that genres can be used as a conceptual framework for examining design issues in video games, and for developing a deeper understanding of how the design process can be specialized for specific types of games. In this paper, we consider how genre relates to one aspect of design--the usability of games, which deals with players' ability to learn, control, and understand a game interface. We report results from a study where we coded usability problems in reviews of 108 commercial video games. The review set included 18 games from each of six major game genres. We statistically analyzed the problems from each genre, and found significant differences between many of the genres. We present usability profiles for each genre based on the problem distributions that we found. The profiles...
David Pinelle, Nelson Wong, Tadeusz Stach
Added 26 Oct 2010
Updated 26 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where FPLAY
Authors David Pinelle, Nelson Wong, Tadeusz Stach
Comments (0)
books