Co-smonauts: Game Interfaces for Elderly People in Co-located and Collaborative Play

Fabiola Gattringer, Barbara Stiglbauer, Moritz Rührlinger, Michael Lankes, Jürgen Hagler

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This paper illustrates the impact of different game interface approaches for older persons in a collaborative and co-located setting. Concretely, we investigated if touch-based in comparison to physical game interface designs influence the perceived enjoyment and usability, as well as if certain interface solutions lower the barrier for the target player group to get involved in the game. To find answers to our research question, we designed, implemented, and evaluated a collaborative and co-located game called “Co-smonauts”. Within the game, the older person serves as a navigator for a starship captain to aid him/her to complete the game missions. Via the experimental setting, the navigators were confronted with two different versions of a game interface. Our study results illustrate that a digital slider-based game interface is well-suited for older players.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCGAT 2018
PublisherGlobal Science & Technology Forum
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event11th Annual International Conference on Computer Games Multimedia and Allied Technologies - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 25 Jun 201826 Jun 2018


Conference11th Annual International Conference on Computer Games Multimedia and Allied Technologies
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  • Game Interfaces for Older Persons
  • Intergenerational Games
  • Co-located Play
  • Collaborative Play

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