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Anders Drachen, Pejman Mirza-Babaei, and Lennart Nacke

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198794844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198794844.001.0001

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Introduction to biometric measures for Games User Research

Introduction to biometric measures for Games User Research

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(p.281) Chapter 16 Introduction to biometric measures for Games User Research
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Games User Research
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Lennart E. Nacke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794844.003.0016

This chapter presents the physiological metrics used in Games User Research (GUR). Aimed at GUR professionals in the games industry, it explains what methods are available to researchers to measure biometric data while subjects are engaged in play. It sets out when it is appropriate to use biometric measures in GUR projects, the kind of data generated, and the differing ways it can be analysed. The chapter also discusses the trade-offs required when interpreting physiological data, and will help games researchers to make informed decisions about which research questions can benefit from biometric methodologies. As the equipment needed to collect biometric data becomes more sophisticated as well as cheaper, physiological testing of players during a game’s development will become more common. At the same time, Games User Researchers will become more discriminating in its use. Where in the past professionals in the games industry have used biometric testing to generate quick, actionable feedback about player responses to elements of a game, and have been less concerned with the scientific robustness of their methodology, as GUR develops a new breed of games industry professionals are attempting to deploy good academic practice in their researches.

Keywords:   Games User Research, User testing, Playtesting, Game development, User Experience, Play Experience, Biometrics, Psychophysiology, Psychophysiological measures

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