The influence of controllers on immersion in mobile games

Paul Cairns, Jing Li, Wendy Wan, Nordin Aliimran

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29 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The controls for digital games understandably have an important part in building up the gaming experiences that people have. Whilst there is substantial work on innovative controllers for consoles, like the XBox Kinect, relatively little has been done to understand the effect of the different control mechanisms that can be used to play games on mobile devices like smartphones. A well-defined framework of naturalness has emerged as potentially useful concept in area of game controllers. This paper reports two experiments that look at how the naturalness of the game controls influences the experience of immersion in mobile games. It seems that where there is an a prior natural mapping, this will improve immersion in the game but in the absence of a prior mapping, naturalness alone is not sufficient to account for immersion. This opens up the need for a more thorough investigation of this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages371-380
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450324731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014

Other

Other32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/4/141/5/14

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Controllers
Smartphones
Mobile devices
Experiments

Keywords

  • Controllers
  • Gaming experience
  • Immersion
  • Mobile games
  • Natural mappings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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Cairns, P., Li, J., Wan, W., & Aliimran, N. (2014). The influence of controllers on immersion in mobile games. In CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 371-380). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557065

The influence of controllers on immersion in mobile games. / Cairns, Paul; Li, Jing; Wan, Wendy; Aliimran, Nordin.

CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. p. 371-380.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cairns, P, Li, J, Wan, W & Aliimran, N 2014, The influence of controllers on immersion in mobile games. in CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 371-380, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014, Toronto, ON, Canada, 26/4/14. https://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557065
Cairns P, Li J, Wan W, Aliimran N. The influence of controllers on immersion in mobile games. In CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery. 2014. p. 371-380 https://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557065
Cairns, Paul ; Li, Jing ; Wan, Wendy ; Aliimran, Nordin. / The influence of controllers on immersion in mobile games. CHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. pp. 371-380
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