Juicy Game Design: Understanding the Impact of Visual Embellishments on Player Experience

Hicks, Kieran, Gerling, Kathrin, Dickinson, Patrick and Vanden Abeele, Vero (2019) Juicy Game Design: Understanding the Impact of Visual Embellishments on Player Experience. In: Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, 22-25 October 2019, Barcelona.

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Visual embellishments (VEs) are design elements that support information already conveyed by other means. In games, this concept is known as juiciness, and refers to the provision of redundant feedback in situations where a single player action triggers multiple non-functional reactions. Academia and industry both view the concept as a means of improving player experience; however, empirical evidence to back the assumption is lacking. Here, we present findings from two studies: one initial study with 40 participants comparing the effects of visual embellishments in two research games, the Frogger-clone Cuber, and the FPS game Dungeon Descent, and a second study with 32 participants using the commercially available game Quake 3 Arena. Results show that visual embellishments contribute to the visual appeal of all games, but only affects aspects such as competence under specific circumstances. We discuss implications of our findings for the integration of visual embellishments and juiciness, and their relevance for game development.

Keywords:Juiciness, Player Experience, Visual Embellishments
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:37129
Deposited On:09 Oct 2019 08:14

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