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Mylly S., Rajanen M., Iivari N. (2020) The Quest for Usable Usability Heuristics for Game Developers. In: Siarheyeva A., Barry C., Lang M., Linger H., Schneider C. (eds) Advances in Information Systems Development. ISD 2019. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, vol 39. Springer, Cham.

The quest for usable usability heuristics for game developers

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Author: Mylly, Sami1; Rajanen, Mikko1; Iivari, Netta1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-08-12


Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research has provided many processes and methods for ensuring good usability during software development. The importance of usability in games has been acknowledged. However, there is a lack of research examining usability activities during actual game development and the suitability of different usability methods for different phases of game development. Game development industry, although growing fast and already including certain large and successful companies, consists of a huge number of small-to-medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. For these companies, practical, developer-oriented tools for ensuring game usability are needed, as these companies do not have resources for hiring usability specialists for taking care of usability. This paper reviews the concept of game usability and existing research on usability methods for game development. In addition, the paper proposes a set of usable usability heuristics as a practical, developer-oriented tool to be used during the game development process as well as reports on a small-scale survey study on game usability, heuristic evaluation and usability of usability heuristics in game development.

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Series: Lecture notes in information systems and organisation
ISSN: 2195-4968
ISSN-E: 2195-4976
ISSN-L: 2195-4968
ISBN: 978-3-030-49644-9
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-49643-2
Volume: Vol. 39
Pages: 164 - 181
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49644-9_10
Host publication: Advances in Information Systems Development
Host publication editor: Siarheyev, Alena
Barry, Chris
Lang, Michael
Linger, Henry
Schneider, Christoph
Conference: International Conference on Information Systems Development
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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