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Title: Lessons learnt from the user journey of well-known digital games for the development of educational software
Authors: Pfeiffer, Alexander
Denk, Natalie
Wernbacher, Thomas
Bezzina, Stephen
Keywords: Artificial intelligence
Games -- Design
Simulation games in education
Educational games
Computer-assisted instruction
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EDULEARN
Citation: Pfeiffer, A., Denk, N., Wernbacher, T., & Bezzina, S. (2021). Lessons learnt from the user journey of well-known digital games for the development of educational software. EDULEARN21. 1252-1257.
Abstract: In addition to the actual core content of games, the user journey or user experience in digital games is becoming more and more important. The menu structure should be as intuitive as possible. Features that are important should be displayed to the player at the moment when the game engine assumes that access is necessary. The player should then reach the content with one tap or click. This persuasive design concept is called ‘nudging’ and is rooted in behavioural psychology. Therefore, in the design of the game environment, the viewpoint of goal orientation plays a major role. Two perspectives exist here. First, from the player's point of view: What is necessary to ensure a well-rounded game experience? The second perspective is from the producer's point of view and revolves around what do they want the player to accomplish next. Some of the top games have now also developed so-called "main menu games", which are challenges around the actual game to keep the players content and give them additional tasks that are as stimulating as possible. In this paper, the authors would like to demonstrate the above-mentioned mechanics by analysing four smash hits, namely “FIFA”, “Clash of Clans”, “Pokemon Go” and “League of Legends”, with the aim of gaining learnings for the development of digital educational software. This new form of learning software should be user-centred and offer an outstanding learning experience through optimal design and mechanics.
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