The effect of familiar and fantasy aesthetics on learning and experience of serious games

E.D. Spek, van der, T. Sidorenkova, P. Porskamp, G.W.M. Rauterberg

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    Abstract

    Serious games have shown potential as learning material, but are not very engaging. One reason why games are considered to be fun is their ability to provide us with an interesting fantasy world to explore and play in, but this seems at odds with the more serious nature of formal training. In this study, a two by two (familiar versus unfamiliar visual setting and familiar versus unfamiliar story setting) single-blind experiment (N=60) was performed, testing the effect of the familiarity of aesthetics on game experience and learning. Significant effects of story condition on learning and game experience was found, with a familiar story setting leading to better learning, but subdued game experience. Other effects were not significant.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEntertainment Computing - ICEC 2014 : 13th International Conference, ICEC 2014, Sydney, Australia, October 1-3, 2014 : Proceedings
    EditorsY. Pisan, N. Sgouros, T. Marsh
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages133-138
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-662-45212-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-662-45211-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event13th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2014, October 1-3, 2014, Sydney, Australia - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 1 Oct 20143 Oct 2014
    http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783662452110

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Volume8770
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743

    Conference

    Conference13th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2014, October 1-3, 2014, Sydney, Australia
    Abbreviated titleICEC 2014
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period1/10/143/10/14
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