Emotional involvement in digital games
by Gordon Calleja
International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: Digital games have become a pervasive aspect of the contemporary media landscape, yet our understanding of the way they engage players is limited. Experiential studies of games have the added complexity of plugging human consciousness in the cybernetic circuit that generates game-play. Quite simply games require input from players in order to occur. The nature of this cybernetic circuit means that the forms of engagement enabled by digital games are considerably different from those of other non-interactive media. This calls for theoretical models and analytical tools developed specifically with digital games in mind. This paper describes such a model which aims to enhance our understanding of digital game involvement. The model addresses a variety of experiential dimensions related to game-play, but will here focus primarily on the affective dimension.

Online publication date: Mon, 27-Dec-2010

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