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COLAB: Social Context and User Experience in Collaborative Multiplayer Games

Terblanche, Marcel Ta'i Mrkusic (2017) COLAB: Social Context and User Experience in Collaborative Multiplayer Games. MSc, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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Recent studies have shown that the social context in which people play digital multiplayer games has an effect on their experience. Whether co-players are in the same location (―co-located‖) or in different locations (―mediated‖) changes how they interact with the game and with one another. We set out to explore how these complex psychological dynamics played out in a collaborative multiplayer game, since most of the research to date has been focused on competitive gameplay scenarios. To this end, we designed a two-player puzzle-based gaming apparatus called COLAB, implementing specific features that have been proven to foster collaboration and preclude competition between players. The independent variable was player location; the dependent variable was game experience, as measured by the Social Presence in Gaming Questionnaire and the Game Experience Questionnaire, two comprehensive self-report instruments. We found a significant difference in the game experiences of players collaborating in the same location versus players collaborating in different locations. Specifically, co-located players of the collaborative game experienced significantly higher scores for negative experience than mediated players did, while mediated players experienced significantly higher levels of three key game-experience measures: positive affect, immersion, and flow.

EPrint Type:Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Keywords:HCI, User Experience, Games, User Experience in Games, Human Computer Interaction, CMC, Computer Mediated Collaboration, Multiplayer Games, Social Gaming, Communication, Collaborative Games, Collaborative Game Mechanics
Subjects:J Computer Applications: J.4 SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
K Computing Milieux: K.8 PERSONAL COMPUTING
K Computing Milieux: K.4 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
J Computer Applications: J.5 ARTS AND HUMANITIES
ID Code:1223
Deposited By:Terblanche, Marcel Ta'i Mrkusic
Deposited On:23 November 2017