Bringing Digital Games to User Research and User Experience

Nacke, E. L., Niesenhaus, J., Engl, S., Canossa, A., Kuikkaniemi, K., & Immich, T. (2010). In J. Niesenhaus, M. Rauterberg, & M. Masuch (Eds.), Proceedings of the Entertainment Interfaces Track 2010 at Interaktive Kulturen 2010 (Vol-634). CEUR Workshop Proceedings.


In recent years, the gaming industry has grown up and digital games have become more complex products. With this maturity comes an increasing need for formal playtesting methods from user research and scientific methods from academia. Employing user research methods in game development, especially combined qualitative (e.g., questionnaires, interviews) and quantitative (e.g., EEG, EMG, game metrics) methods lead to a better understanding of the relationship and interactions between players and games. This panel gathers game user research industry and academic experts for discussing current methodological advancements and future challenges in playtesting, usability, playability evaluation, and general game user research.


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LAIF: A Logging and Interaction Framework for Gaze-Based Interfaces in Virtual Entertainment Environments

Nacke, L., Stellmach, S., Sasse, D., Niesenhaus, J., & Dachselt, R. (2011). Entertainment Computing, 2(4), 265–273.

Gameplay experience testing with playability and usability surveys – An experimental pilot study

Nacke, E. L., Schild, J., & Niesenhaus, J. (2010). In L. Calvi, S. Gualeni, K. Nuijten, E. L. Nacke, & K. Poels (Eds.), Playability and player experience: Proceedings of the Fun and Games 2010 Workshop. Breda: NHTV Expertise Series.

Playability and Player Experience Research

Nacke, E. L., Drachen, A., Kuikkaniemi, K., Niesenhaus, J., Korhohnen, J. H., Hoogen, den W. van, … Kort, de Y. (2009). In DiGRA (Ed.), Proceedings of DiGRA 2009: Breaking New Ground: Innovation in Games, Play, Practice and Theory. London, UK.