Designing an Online Escape Game for Older Adults: The Implications of Playability Testing Sessions with a Variety of Dutch Players

Amir Doroudian, Eugène Loos, Anne Ter Vrugt, David Kaufman

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Abstract

This study evaluated the playability of an online escape game designed using a User-Centred Design (UCD) process for older adult players aged 65 and older. The participants were 30 Dutch older adults who played the game in pairs on tablets over 15 game sessions. The data were collected through surveys, interviews, and observation field notes. The results indicated that, overall, the players enjoyed the game. They enjoyed the collaborative nature of the game and the game challenges the most. They also thought that the game story is engaging. However, the evaluation revealed that the game controller was a source of frustration and that the goals of several of the game tasks were not clear for the players. Moreover, it seems that the game needs to be customizable so that each pair of players could determine the pace and difficulty level of the game.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Healthy and Active Aging - 6th International Conference, ITAP 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings
EditorsQin Gao, Jia Zhou
PublisherSpringer
Pages589-608
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783030502485
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2020, held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12208 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2020, held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period19/07/2024/07/20

Keywords

  • Older adults
  • Online escape game
  • Playability testing
  • User-centered design

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