Meaning in Life as a Source of Entertainment

  • Robby van Delden
  • Dennis Reidsma
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8253)


In this paper we mean to introduce into the field of entertainment computing an overview of insights concerning fundamental human needs. Researchers such as Hassenzahl and Desmet, discuss design approaches based on psychological insights from various and varied sources. We collect these and expand them with a focus on meaning in life as seen in humanistic philosophy. We summarise the various roles that these insights can play in our research on new technology, and illustrate the discussion with examples from the field of computer entertainment.


Intrinsic Motivation Intellectual Disability Autonomy Support Game Design Secondary Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robby van Delden
    • 1
  • Dennis Reidsma
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Media InteractionUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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