Communicative behaviors and flow experience in tabletop gaming

Vivian Hsueh Hua Chen, Weirong Lin, Michael Haller, Jakob Leitner, Henry Been Lirn Duh

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Abstract

The tabletop interface has been touted to merge the best of traditional board gaming and cutting edge computer technology in bringing both intense social interaction and limitless virtual representation to users. This study utilizes flow theory to understand user's enjoyment of playing games. It also explores the interplay between communicative behaviors and game play. Combining observations and questionnaire, data analysis showed certain nonverbal behaviors are correlated with flow. To further explain how social interaction influence game enjoyment, three main themes were identified: through the use of space, reduced nonverbal cues and knowledge transfer. Implications for tabletop game interface design are then discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE 2009
Pages281-286
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE 2009 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 29 Oct 200931 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE 2009
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period29.10.200931.10.2009

Keywords

  • Augmented reality games
  • Communicative behaviors
  • Flow theory
  • Social interaction
  • Tabletop interface

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