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UX Graz Meetup Notes
Tue 02 Feb 2016 "Game Usability and Accessibility"
Prokopigasse 12 / Mehlplatz
Twitter: @uxgraz #uxgraz
18:30 "Game Usability Research"
Graz University of Technology
19:00 "Accessible Gaming"
Keith Andrews, TU Graz
Johanna Pirker, TU Graz
Markus Pröll, Xcessity
Andrei Parvu, AVL
Astrid Tarkus, evolaris
Christoph Mauerhofer, evolaris
Christian Hartinger, TU Graz
Volker Settgast, Fraunhofer Austria
Patrick Reinbacher, Anton Paar
Oskar Bechtold, Bright Solutions
Gideon Unger, game developer
Fabian Gigler, web developer
Konrad couldn't come today.
Keith: New meetup data visualization, will send out information about it
Next meeting planned for mid or end of May 2016
Johanna Pirker, Game Researcher @joeyprink
Game Experience Research - Johanna Pirker
Book: Jesse Schell - The Art of Game Design
Gaming is voluntary in contrast to other apps that you "must" use
Onboarding strategies for new players
different kind of games, player types and input devices
Target group: everyone
Flow moment between anxiety and boredom (balance skill/difficulty)
Gamer types: killers, explorers, achievers, socializers
Usability Testing takes place during design & development phases in Johanna's Concept / Development Process / parallel to playtesting (is it fun?)
Quality assurance / game usability / game user (experience) research
Methods: classic usability methods, playtesting, data logging, biometrics data (eye tracking, Schuhfried-method)
game companies really use these!
all players can bee seen through a window by the test leader
Heuristics for video game design (Sources in Johanna's slides)
Talk #2 "Accessible Gaming"
Markus Pröll, "Xcessity Software Solutions"
master's thesis on gaming with bci (emg = electromyographie) headgear
brain activity controls the game (world of warcraft)
gestures control the games (shooter game)
disabled people cannot be recognised as such inside a game,
social interactions and friendships are really important
Assistive Technology: e.g. mouth controlled mouse
special eye tracking solution can cost USD 12-15,000
users create their own hacked-together solutions
tobii dedicated solution $900
tobii EyeX + Xcessity IRIS 198,00 €
givevision.net - image recognition / AR?
Xcessity Kinesic Mouse -- facial gestures control the mouse cursor
48-page PDF document
A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility
Dont call easiest level "beginner" or something even more diminutive/belittling
The Walking Dead story-based game, but has timer for choosing
your answer. The timer cannot be disabled. Once it elapses,
something bad may happen.
Anti-cheater SW disables assistive technologies
one-button input device
like Amazon Dash
There should be a level zero!
build assistive hooks into consoles rather than each game individually,
maybe require by law?
Barcamp Graz 22-24.04.2016 with Game Camp (part of appdevcamp) and UX Camp
Linuxtage 29.-30.04.2016 - call for lectures until 13.03.
The informal notes of the meetup will be written both live and afterwards (anyone can edit) in the etherpad at:
http://pad.okfn.org/p/uxgraz-2016-02-02 (links to this page! = in case someone saves the page or prints it out)
If you would like to give a short presentation, book review, or have
other suggestions for a future meetup, please email Keith Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org).