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A Palette of Deepened Emotions: Exploring Emotional Challenge in Virtual Reality Games

Peng, X., Huang, J., Denisova, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1497-5808, Chen, H., Tian, F. and Wang, H. (2020). A Palette of Deepened Emotions: Exploring Emotional Challenge in Virtual Reality Games. Paper presented at the CHI'20 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 25 - 30 Apr 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA.

Abstract

Recent work introduced the notion of ‘emotional challenge’promising for understanding more unique and diverse player experiences (PX). Although emotional challenge has immediately attracted HCI researchers’ attention, the concept has not been experimentally explored, especially in virtual reality (VR), one of the latest gaming environments. We conducted two experiments to investigate how emotional challenge affects PX when separately from or jointly with conventional challenge in VR and PC conditions. We found that relatively exclusive emotional challenge induced a wider range of different emotions in both conditions, while the adding of emotional challenge broadened emotional responses only in VR. In both experiments, VR significantly enhanced the measured PX of emotional responses, appreciation, immersion and presence. Our findings indicate that VR may be an ideal medium to present emotional challenge and also extend the understanding of emotional (and conventional) challenge in video games.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Denisova, A.| ACM, 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is to be published in CHI'20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/10.1145/3313831.3376221.
Publisher Keywords: Player Experience; Emotional Challenge; Virtual Reality; Games; Emotion
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 09:30
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23581
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