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Analysing fun as a candidate software requirement

Abstract

Analysis of concepts related to “fun” is used to suggest the main areas where fun may be important to software design. The issue is important as many analyses and design methods fail to allow for designs aimed at user enjoyment, even though computer games are now a major industry. The main cases seem to be either where enjoyment is the chief aim (requirement) of the design, or where learning is important. The phenomena of “flow” experiences are also important here, and raise the issue of designing for desirable cognitive modes of interaction, as well as for desired end results. However the relationship of learning and fun, while clearly important, is complicated.

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Draper, S.W. Analysing fun as a candidate software requirement. Personal Technologies 3, 117–122 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01305336

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Keywords

  • Computers
  • Design methods
  • Flow
  • Fun
  • Motivation