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Design recommendations for digital game design within an ageing society

Marston, Hannah R. (2013). Design recommendations for digital game design within an ageing society. Educational Gerontology, 39(2) pp. 103–118.

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This paper proposes a series of design guidelines for implementation into digital game concepts for second and third-age adults based upon results collected from an empirical study. A mixed methods approach was undertaken comprised of game design workshops (Group 1) and observations of participants during game play on the Nintendo Wii™ and Sony PlayStation 2 consoles (Group 2). A mapping process encompassing previous literature keywords, and observations was performed, categorizing three main areas (older adults, technology, and interaction/content). This paper highlights several facets aimed towards the incorporation of design recommendations and rationales for digital game design. To produce games that appeal to a wider or ageing audience, consideration to content variety, choice, and flexibility is important—as is the ease of interaction.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1521-0472
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 42178
Depositing User: Hannah Marston
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 10:01
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:29
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