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Negative emotion, positive experience? Emotionally Moving Moments in Digital Games

Bopp, Julia Ayumi and Mekler, Elisa D. and Opwis, Klaus. (2016) Negative emotion, positive experience? Emotionally Moving Moments in Digital Games. In: Proceedings of the 34rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2016). New York, pp. 2996-3006.

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Abstract

Interest in the potential of games to provide unique emotional player experiences (PX) is growing. Yet there has been little empirical research on what emotions beyond 'fun' players experience in games, and whether players find these experiences rewarding at all. We analyzed 121 players' accounts of emotionally moving game experiences in terms of the feelings and thoughts they evoked, different PX constructs, as well as game-related and personal factors contributing to these. We found that most players enjoyed and appreciated experiencing negatively valenced emotions, such as sadness. Emotions were evoked by a variety of interactive and non-interactive game aspects, such as in-game loss, character attachment and (lack of) agency, but also personal memories, and were often accompanied by (self-)reflection. Our findings highlight the potential of games to provide emotionally rewarding and thought-provoking experiences, as well as outline opportunities for future research and design of such experiences. They also showcase that negative affect may contribute to enjoyment, thereby extending our notion of positive player experience.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodologie (Opwis)
UniBasel Contributors:Opwis, Klaus and Bopp, Julia Ayumi and Mekler, Elisa D
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item, refereed
Conference or workshop item Subtype:Conference Paper
Publisher:ACM
ISBN:978-1-4503-3362-7
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Conference paper
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