The effects of graphical fidelity on player experience

Gerling, Kathrin M. and Birk, Max and Mandryk, Regan L. and Doucette, Andre (2013) The effects of graphical fidelity on player experience. In: 17th International Academic MindTrek Conference: "Making Sense of Converging Media", MindTrek 2013, 1-4 October 2013, Tampere; Finland.

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Abstract

Graphical assets in video games have become increasingly complex over the years, but little is known about their effect on player experience (PX). In this paper, we present results of a controlled study with 48 participants comparing how abstract and stylized graphics influence player experience in casual games. Our results show that high-fidelity graphics result in a more positive impression of the game. However, we also show that many effects are only present in the game with a more challenging mechanic. This shows that casual games can be compelling and enjoyable to play despite simplistic graphics, suggesting that small game developers and researchers need not focus on elaborate visuals to engage players. Copyright © 2013 ACM.

Keywords:Casual games, Game graphics, High-fidelity, Player experience, Video game, Human computer interaction
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:13637
Deposited On:04 Apr 2014 08:49

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