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Subject/Keyword
fun
user experience
interaction design
video games
user interface
interactive
interactive toys
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Boyd, Brandon R.
Supervisor and department
Smallwood, Scott (Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Humanities Computing)
Examining committee member and department
Whiteman, Maria (Assistant Professor of Art and Design)
Rockwell, Geoffrey (Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Coordinator for Humanities Computing)
Department
Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-09-27T20:52:39Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis explores some of the qualities that make an interactive product enjoyable to use. Four categories of enjoyment attributes are discussed: challenge, curiosity, people & characters, and sensory appeal. These categories are explored through a prototype that was tested in a user study, and are discussed in relation to relevant theory, empirical studies, and product examples. The responses from participants in the user study suggest that the novel controller interface (i.e., the Critter Controller) enhanced the fun of the prototype game because it added challenge, curiosity, and sensory appeal to the game, and because it related to the character featured in the game. More generally, interaction designers can leverage these four categories to enhance the fun and pleasure of using an interactive product. Finally, this thesis considers fun and relaxation as two separable types of enjoyment that one can potentially experience when using a product.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3PD87
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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