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S. Pohjolainen, J. Mattila, J. Tuovinen, M. Rajanen, L. Arhippainen and P. Alavesa, "Heuristic Evaluation of a Mobile Game Developed to Help Battle the Pandemic," 2021 IEEE Conference on Games (CoG), 2021, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1109/CoG52621.2021.9619103

Heuristic evaluation of a mobile game developed to help battle the pandemic

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Author: Pohjolainen, Sami1; Mattila, Juho2; Tuovinen, Jarkko2;
Organizations: 1OASIS Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Ikune Labs, Oulu, Finland
3INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-22


As the COVID-19 storms the globe, there are many efforts to battle it. This paper looks at the development of one such an effort in a form of a mobile game. The game is a 2D arcade game called Unus Terra. It is intended to be entertaining but aims to influence people to partake in social distancing through several mechanics. An early version of the game is evaluated by five usability and user experience experts using heuristics and a few other selected methods. In this paper, we present the results from these evaluations along with our findings from using this type of evaluation method. The use of heuristics is considered from the perspectives of academics and practitioners.

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ISBN: 978-1-6654-3886-5
ISBN Print: 978-1-6654-4608-2
Pages: 1 - 8
DOI: 10.1109/CoG52621.2021.9619103
Host publication: 2021 IEEE Conference on Games (CoG)
Conference: IEEE Conference on Games
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: The Unus Terra project consortium was funded by EIT Digital in an EIT Digital Innovation Activity during 2020. We would like to thank the consortium partners Politecnico di Milano and Ikune Labs for their contributions to the project. Dr. Alavesa has received funding from Business Finland funded project Reboot Finland IoT Factory 33/31/2018, supported by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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