Assessing the impact of visual design on the interpretation of aggregated playtesting data visualization

Nour Halabi, Günter Wallner, Pejman Mirza-Babaei

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Abstract

Making effective use of data generated from players interacting with games (often via playtesting to improve game quality) is a challenging task since the datasets are often mixed and very large. To address this, various visualization techniques have been introduced to help game developers cope with the data. However, there is a gap in research concerning the impact of different visual designs on the interpretation of gameplay data. In this paper, we propose four alternative visual designs of an aggregated visualization and assess how professional game developers interpret the data differently due to changes in the visual designs. Our results provide an understanding and a supporting argument about the impact of the visual properties transparency and shading (both positive and negative) on the interpretation of the represented data. This is an important contribution to the field of Games User Research given the current move towards data-informed decision making and the popularity of data visualizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI PLAY 2019 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages639-650
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6688-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
Event6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2019 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019
https://chiplay.acm.org/2019/

Conference

Conference6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2019
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period22/10/1925/10/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Games user research
  • Information visualization
  • Visual design
  • Visual game analytics

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