A user study of different gameplay visualizations

Simone Kriglstein, Günter Wallner, Margit Pohl

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)


With the rising interest in multiplayer gaming, gameplay statistics have become an increasingly important aspect of the overall game experience for many players. As a part of this trend, visualizations have gained great popularity among players, in particular heatmaps since they allow them to reenact the course of a game and to develop new strategies. In this paper we report results of a user study conducted with 29 players (i) to investigate how players use heatmaps and two further graphical representations that use clustering algorithms to interpret gameplay and (ii) to assess the three representations in regard to time efficiency, correctness, suitability, and player preference. Our results show that heatmaps were mainly used to detect hot spots while the cluster representations proved useful to compare variables, allowing the players to uncover relationships between them and in turn allowing a deeper insight into the gameplay data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOne of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-2473-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014
Conference number: 32


Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
Abbreviated titleCHI 2014
Other"One of a CHInd"
Internet address


  • Clustering
  • Evaluation
  • Games
  • Heatmap
  • Visualization


Dive into the research topics of 'A user study of different gameplay visualizations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this