What makes it work? Mapping effective game mechanics for health game user research

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Many research projects have assessed the possibility and effectiveness of implementing games as health interventions. Recent literature shows generally positive results in specific case studies. However we acknowledged that research projects in this field regularly seem to disregard the connection to possible effective game mechanics, design principles and behavior change theories to underpin such results. Evidently most of these studies were intended and designed solely as randomized controlled trials (rct’s) to validate effectiveness of health interventions. We propose a theoretical framework to assess whether and on what grounds certain behavioral effects may be attributed to particular game mechanics and game play aspects. Our model is founded on the Elaboration Likelihood Model of Persuasion (ELM), which is quite appropriate to guide the evaluation structure for interventions that either aim at short term or long term attitude and behavior change. By means of an analysis of the working principles in the renowned game-based intervention Re-Mission we propose a small step towards such a framework.
Originele taal-2English
TitelProceedings of the Serious Games Conference 2014
SubtitelBridging communities, harnessing technologies and enriching lives
Aantal pagina's9
ISBN van elektronische versie978-981-09-0463-0
StatusPublished - 2014
Evenement1st International Symposium on Simulation & Serious Games (ISSSG) 2014 - KINTEX, Ilsan, Korea, Republic of
Duur: 23 mei 201424 mei 2014
Congresnummer: 1st


Conference1st International Symposium on Simulation & Serious Games (ISSSG) 2014
Verkorte titelISSSG 2014
Land/RegioKorea, Republic of
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