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Adopting a User-Centric Approach to Evaluate HCI in Online Games

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The rising popularity of social games worldwide has resulted in a growing importance for evaluation of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Unlike most studies, this research study focuses on adopting a user-centric approach in order to assess the level of user engagement in social games. By combining two proven HCI evaluation methods, a comprehensive approach towards evaluating HCI user level engagement is developed. One method focuses on the game-gamer interaction whilst the other focuses on the gamer solely. As a result, an in-depth understanding of the gamer is achieved and can be better assessed. An individual discussion of each method is presented before both methods are combined to achieve a synergy in HCI evaluation. This combined method could ultimately serve as advancement to the quality of HCI evaluation.

  • Abstract
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  • 1 Introduction
  • 2. Implementing the Video-Diary Method to Investigate the In-Game Elements Which Attract Gamers
  • 3 Implementing a Series of Logsheets to Analyze Gamers' Thinking Processes
  • 4. Conclusions
  • References

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