Abstract

Non-verbal forms of interactions as found in play and gaming has not been investigated as a method that can actually communicate or express an emotional state. In this paper we are using the design of a computer game (called the Child Patient Game) designed especially for hospitalized children as Design Case. We are demonstrating how children’s interaction with a computer game is used as a method for letting children express their emotions towards a hospital examination. In order to make sense of the different elements that constitute a Playful Experience this paper makes use of the Playful Experience Framework. This framework is an attempt to understand the emotions and experiences elicited by play; in this case the playful experience elicited by patients and non-patients playing the Child Patient game.

Keywords

emotion driven design, game design, playful experiences, design research, research through design, research method, design for health, interaction design

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Non-verbal forms of interactions as found in play and gaming has not been investigated as a method that can actually communicate or express an emotional state. In this paper we are using the design of a computer game (called the Child Patient Game) designed especially for hospitalized children as Design Case. We are demonstrating how children’s interaction with a computer game is used as a method for letting children express their emotions towards a hospital examination. In order to make sense of the different elements that constitute a Playful Experience this paper makes use of the Playful Experience Framework. This framework is an attempt to understand the emotions and experiences elicited by play; in this case the playful experience elicited by patients and non-patients playing the Child Patient game.

 

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