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Title: The Effect of Closely-coupled Interaction on Player Experience in Casual Games
Authors: BEZNOSYK, Anastasiia 
QUAX, Peter 
LAMOTTE, Wim 
CONINX, Karin 
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer Berlin
Source: Herrlich, Marc; Malaka, Rainer; Masuch, Maic (Ed.). Entertainment Computing - ICEC 2012, p. 243-255
Series/Report: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series/Report no.: 7522
Abstract: This paper presents a study investigating cooperation between players in casual games. Although widely used in co-located or asynchronous settings, cooperative gameplay elements are not popular in networked synchronous casual games. In our study, we have analyzed di erent types of cooperation between players in casual games. Each of these is based on a certain cooperative game design pattern, and can be classi ed as either closely- or loosely-coupled. Six game patterns have been selected and an equal number of games developed, each targeting one pattern. By means of a user experiment we have investigated which cooperation types t most of the criteria that de ne casual games. More speci cally, we have focused on the applicability of close coupling between players. Based on the games used in the experiment, most patterns with closely-coupled interaction have shown an overall higher user evaluation than loosely-coupled, satisfying criteria of casual games. These results indicate that introducing close coupling in the casual games under consideration is a potential way to increase the player experience.
Keywords: casual games; cooperative game patterns; closely-coupled interaction; loosely-coupled interaction
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14230
ISBN: 978-3-642-33541-9
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33542-6_21
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validations: vabb 2014
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