NExPlay - Playability Assessment for Non-experts Evaluators

Felipe Sonntag Manzoni, Bruna Moraes Ferreira, Tayana Uchoa Conte

Abstract

Playability is related to the overall quality of the gameplay in a video game. It’s important to evaluate the Playability to support games so they can fulfill the expectations of every player. However, given the high demand of game producers, limited budgets and deadlines, this type of evaluation is not always conducted, affecting the experience of players. One possible solution to evaluate Playability is through heuristic evaluations. Some researchers have conducted studies to develop heuristic sets that can satisfy the existing variety of games. However, given its broad comprehensiveness, those heuristic sets are too extensive and this may affect the feasibility of the assessment. Therefore, this work proposes NExPlay (Non-Expert Playability) Heuristic Set, which has the objective of minimizing the time and cost needed for the Playability assessment. Also, we aim to formulate a set that can be used by non-experts in Playability. The proposed heuristic set is assessed using a controlled experiment aimed at measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of our set, in comparison to another heuristic set. The results indicated that NExPlay identified problems with a more objective description. Furthermore, participants were able to understand the description of the heuristics presented in the NExPlay set more easily.

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Sonntag Manzoni F., Moraes Ferreira B. and Uchoa Conte T. (2018). NExPlay - Playability Assessment for Non-experts Evaluators.In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-758-298-1, pages 451-462. DOI: 10.5220/0006695604510462


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@conference{iceis18,
author={Felipe Sonntag Manzoni and Bruna Moraes Ferreira and Tayana Uchoa Conte},
title={NExPlay - Playability Assessment for Non-experts Evaluators},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,},
year={2018},
pages={451-462},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006695604510462},
isbn={978-989-758-298-1},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 2: ICEIS,
TI - NExPlay - Playability Assessment for Non-experts Evaluators
SN - 978-989-758-298-1
AU - Sonntag Manzoni F.
AU - Moraes Ferreira B.
AU - Uchoa Conte T.
PY - 2018
SP - 451
EP - 462
DO - 10.5220/0006695604510462