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Exertion Games

Florian Mueller, Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University, Australia, floyd@exertiongameslab.org Rohit Ashok Khot, Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University, Australia, rohit@exertiongameslab.org Kathrin Gerling, University of Lincoln, UK, kgerling@lincoln.ac.uk Regan Mandryk, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, regan@cs.usask.ca
 
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Florian Mueller, Rohit Ashok Khot, Kathrin Gerling and Regan Mandryk (2016), "Exertion Games", Foundations and Trends® Human–Computer Interaction: Vol. 10: No. 1, pp 1-86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/1100000041

Published: 29 Dec 2016
© 2016 F. Mueller, R. A. Khot, K. Gerling and R. Mandryk
 
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In this article:
1. Introduction
2. Definition of Exertion Games
3. Spectrum of Exertion Gamese
4. Theoretical Approaches Towards Designing Exertion Games
5. Implementation Technologies
6. Design Recommendations
7. Opportunities and Challenges
8. Research Directions
9. Conclusion
Acknowledgements
References

Abstract

Advances in human-computer interaction (HCI) technologies have led to emerging computer game systems that foster physical exertion as part of the interaction; we call them exertion games. These games highlight a body-centric perspective on our interactions with computers, in contrast to traditional mouse, keyboard and gamepad interactions, not just in terms of their physical interface, but also in terms of the experiences that they support. As a result, exertion games show great promise in facilitating not only health benefits, but also novel play experiences. However, to realize this promise, exertion games need to be well designed, not only in terms of technical aspects involving the sensing of the active body, but also in relation to the experiential perspective of an active human body. This article provides an overview of existing work on exertion games, outlines a spectrum of exertion games, and presents an analysis of key enabling technologies. We also position exertion games within a broader HCI context by reviewing and examining different design approaches and frameworks for building exertion games. Finally, the article concludes with directions for future work.

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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Definition of Exertion Games
3. Spectrum of Exertion Games
4. Theoretical Approaches Towards Designing Exertion Games
5. Implementation Technologies
6. Design Recommendations
7. Opportunities and Challenges
8. Research Directions
9. Conclusion
Acknowledgements
References

Exertion Games

Advances in human-computer interaction (HCI) technologies have led to emerging computer game systems that foster physical exertion as part of the interaction; we call them exertion games. These games highlight a body-centric perspective on our interactions with computers, in contrast to traditional mouse, keyboard and gamepad interactions, not just in terms of their physical interface, but also in terms of the experiences that they support. As a result, exertion games show great promise in facilitating not only health benefits, but also novel play experiences. However, to realize this promise, exertion games need to be well designed, not only in terms of technical aspects involving the sensing of the active body, but also in relation to the experiential perspective of an active human body.

Exertion Games provides an overview of existing work in the area, outlines a spectrum of exertion games, and presents an analysis of key enabling technologies. It also positions exertion games within a broader HCI context by reviewing and examining different design approaches and frameworks for building exertion games. It concludes with a discussion on directions for future work.

 
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