Measuring how game feel is influenced by the player avatar's acceleration and deceleration: using a 2D platformer to describe players' perception of controls in videogames

Gustav Dahl, Martin Kraus

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Abstract

The feel of videogames is important, but not very well understood. Game feel is an integral part of game design and can be defined as the moment-to-moment sensation of control in games. It is important for game designers to understand when a game feels a certain way, since it is something that the player is constantly experiencing. There is a need of a better understanding of why certain games feel like they do, such as which parameters can be used to make a game feeling a particular way. This paper sets out to investigate what words players use to describe the feel of games, as well as what kind of parameters yield these descriptive words. This is attempted by using a 2D platforming game in which the response of the player avatar's motion is modulated. Between each round, players were asked to describe their perceived feel of controlling the avatar. The majority used basic words to describe the feel of the game, such as 'heavy', 'slow', 'responsive' and 'realistic'. While some participants were quite sensitive to small changes, others expressed that they couldn't feel any differences. Even though all participants agreed that the feel of games is essential, there appears to be a lack of agreement on how to describe specific game feels. Further research is needed to investigate the influence of other factors, such as game genre, graphics, sounds, level design and player attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Academic Mindtrek Conference (Academic MindTrek '15)
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2015
Pages41-46
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-3948-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAcademic MindTrek 2015 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 22 Sep 201524 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceAcademic MindTrek 2015
CountryFinland
CityTampere
Period22/09/201524/09/2015

Keywords

  • game design
  • game development
  • game feel
  • perception

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