Dance-based ExerGaming: User experience design implications for maximizing health benefits based on exercise intensity and perceived enjoyment

Alasdair G. Thin, Nicola Poole

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    Abstract

    Dance is a form of exercise that is considered to have widespread popular appeal and in particular to adolescent females. Dance-based body-movement controlled video games are a popular form of ExerGaming that is being adopted for use in school-based physical activity health promotion programs. The results of this study indicate that the game play mechanics and skill demands of the dance-based ExerGames would appear to have limited the subjects' level of physical exertion over the period of study. After training there was an increase in enjoyment rating for the Step Aerobics game which appears related to a perceptible improvement in game performance. It is therefore recommended that ExerGames should be designed with very low initial skill demands in order to maximize the user's level of exertion and to realize and reward progress, thereby helping to promote an enjoyable exercise experience and counterbalance any sense of exertional discomfort. Keywords: exercise; health promotion; exergaming; user experience; design; video game; enjoyment. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransactions on Edutainment IV
    Pages189-199
    Number of pages11
    Volume6250 LNCS
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event5th International Conference on E-learning and Games - Changchun, China
    Duration: 1 Aug 20101 Aug 2010

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume6250 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743

    Conference

    Conference5th International Conference on E-learning and Games
    Abbreviated titleEdutainment 2010
    CountryChina
    CityChangchun
    Period1/08/101/08/10

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