Game Analytics pp 585-619

An Introduction to Physiological Player Metrics for Evaluating Games


Evaluating affective user experience in games is an important component of the growing field of game user research, because compelling gameplay experiences incorporate meaningful and, therefore, emotional player decisions. This makes evaluating player emotions and player visceral physiological reactions a fascinating field of study for game researchers. With their recent success in the human factors domain, physiological metrics, which complement game metrics, have been successfully used to study player engagement and emotion in research and industry. This chapter provides a brief introduction to and primer of physiological measures currently used in game research and discusses the benefits and challenges of this quantitative method of game user research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HCI and Game Science Group, Faculty of Business and Information TechnologyUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada

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