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Does Game Quality Reflect Heuristic Evaluation?: Heuristic Evaluation of Games in Different Quality Strata

Björn Strååt, Fredrik Rutz and Magnus Johansson
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Björn Strååt: Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik Rutz: Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Magnus Johansson: Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS), 2014, vol. 6, issue 4, 45-58

Abstract: Usability evaluation tools in the form of heuristic lists can be very helpful in software development. In the field of video game design, researchers are continuously developing new heuristic tools aimed specifically at video game productions. However, through previous studies, the authors have found that even though these tools are frequent and common, design issues regularly appear in video games. This study examines whether video game heuristics are able to capture and evaluate softer values of video game interaction, based on the challenges, flow and immersion of gameplay. By conducting a heuristic evaluation on low scoring and high scoring games the authors manage to show which kind of design issues are most frequent in both high and low scoring games. As a further result of the study, two new heuristics are presented.

Date: 2014
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