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A good reason to die: How avatar death and high challenges enable positive experiences?

Petralito, Serge and Brühlmann, Florian and Iten, Glena and Mekler, Elisa D. and Opwis, Klaus. (2017) A good reason to die: How avatar death and high challenges enable positive experiences? In: Proceedings of the 35rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), CHI 2017, May 6–11, 2017, Denver, CO, USA. pp. 5087-5097.

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Abstract

Appropriate challenges and challenge-skill balance are usually key to positive player experiences. However, some games such as the successful series Dark Souls are notorious for their excessive difficulty. Yet, there has been little empiri- cal investigation of why players enjoy games they constantly struggle and fail with. We surveyed 95 participants right after the release of Dark Souls III about their experiences with the game, employing both open questions and different player experience measures. Players generally enjoyed challenging play sessions and mostly reported positive experiences, with achievement and learning moments strongly contributing to positive experiences. However, these factors themselves were enabled by negative events such as difficulties and avatar death. Our findings showcase that negative events bear a potential for forming positive and meaningful experiences, thus expanding previous knowledge about the role of challenge and failing in games. Moreover, the significance of hard-earned achieve- ments extends present design conventions.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodologie (Opwis)
UniBasel Contributors:Brühlmann, Florian and Iten, Glena and Mekler, Elisa D and Opwis, Klaus
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item, refereed
Conference or workshop item Subtype:Conference Paper
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Conference paper
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