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Unformatted text preview: Design Influence on Social Play in Distributed Exertion Games Florian Floyd Mueller, Martin R. Gibbs, Frank Vetere Interaction Design Group, Department of Information Systems The University of Melbourne Australia email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com ABSTRACT Exertion games are an emerging form of interactive games that require players to invest significant physical effort as part of the gameplay, rather than just pressing buttons. These exertion games have potential health benefits by promoting exercise. It is also believed that they can facilitate social play between players and that social play can improve participation in exertion games. However, there is currently a lack of understanding of how to design games to support these effects. In this paper, we present a qualitative case study that illustrates how networked environments support social play in exertion games and how this can help to gain an understanding of existing games and support the design of future games. This work offers a preliminary analytical and descriptive account of the relationship between exertion and social play in such a game and highlights the influence of design with the aim of utilizing the attributed benefits of exertion and social play. Author Keywords Design space, Exertion Interface, physical, tangible, videoconferencing, sports, active, exhausting, team spirit, social, interaction. ACM Classification Keywords H5.2. Information Interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): User Interfaces. INTRODUCTION Over the past few years, a number of computer games have emerged that put the users muscles in the centre of the play experience, requiring physical exertion instead of button presses to control the game. These games exertion games - require physical effort from the player  and are at the centre of a new, popular genre of computer games. From the early arcade game Dance Dance Revolution  through Sonys EyeToy  to todays Nintendo Wii , these games have created an interesting trend in games that involves exertion as part of the play mechanics. These exertion games have been attributed with various benefits. They are believed to contribute to physical health, addressing the obesity issue by encouraging energy expenditure from its players . Furthermore, facilitating exertion in games is also associated with social play [38, 39], in contrast to the isolated character of traditional computer games . Exertion games are believed to attract a wider audience than traditional hardcore players and facilitate more social game experiences [4, 22]. Exertion games are often played with others , and research has suggested that these games can facilitate engagement, but also transfer the quality of the game from hard fun to social fun . These games are also believed to be particularly suitable for a social context ....
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