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User Experience Design for Inexperienced Gamers: GAP - Game Approachability Principles
Behavioristics Inc., Marina del Rey, CA, USA.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2010 (English)In: Evaluating User Experience in Games: Concepts and Methods / [ed] Regina Bernhaupt, London: Springer London, 2010, 131-147 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Game Approachability Principles (GAP) is proposed as a set of useful guidelines for game designers to create better tutorials and first learning levels especially for the casual gamer. Developing better first learning levels can be a key step to ease the casual garner into play proactively - at the conceptual design phase before it is too costly or cumbersome to restructure the tutorials, as would be the case later in the development cycle. Thus, Game Approachability, in the context of game development, is defined as making games initially more friendly, fun, and accessible for those players who have the desire to play, yet do not always follow through to actually playing the game. GAP has evolved through a series of stages assessing accessibility(1) as a stand-alone, heuristic-based approach versus one-on-one usability testing. Outcomes suggest potential for GAP as (I) effective Heuristic Evaluation, (2) adjunct to Usability Testing, and (3) proactive checklist of principles in beginning conceptual and first learning level tutorial design to increase Game Approachability for all levels of garners.

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London: Springer London, 2010. 131-147 p.
, Human-Computer Interaction Series, ISSN 1571-5035
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-74587DOI: 10.1007/978-1-84882-963-3_8ISI: 000278106000008ISBN: 978-1-84882-962-6 (Print)ISBN: 978-1-84882-963-3 (Online)OAI: diva2:634594
Available from: 2013-07-01 Created: 2013-07-01 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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