Bardia Aghabeigi

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Cooperative design has been an integral part of many games. With the success of games like Left4Dead, many game designers and producers are currently exploring the addition of cooperative patterns within their games. Unfortunately, very little research investigated cooperative patterns or methods to evaluate them. In this paper, we present a set of(More)
The emerging field of game user research (GUR) investigates interaction between players and games and the surrounding context of play. Game user researchers have explored methods from, for example, human-computer interaction, psychology, interaction design, media studies, and the social sciences. They've extended and modified these methods for different(More)
Game industry-academic relationships are traditionally related to technology development and education, but more research-oriented partnerships outside of direct technology development and education are forming. With these types of partnerships come stumbling blocks that must be resolved for successful outcomes. Meanwhile, user-oriented research is becoming(More)
Games are a popular form of digital entertainment and one elusive question is how complex visual designs affect the player experience. We address one aspect of this topic in terms of similarity of visual features, explored both as an organizing principle in Gestalt psychology and as a theory in visual attention. To address this issue, we developed a 3D(More)
While virtual worlds have evolved to provide a good medium for social communication, they are very primitive in their social and affective communication design. The social communication methods within these worlds have progressed from early text-based social worlds, e.g. MUDS (multiuser dungeons) to 3D graphical interfaces with avatar control, such as(More)
Visual design in games is a complex, but important, area of study, as it affects the player's experience. Previous games research applied knowledge in visual attention to understand visual designs, for instance through cues and lighting to influence players' behaviors and feelings. However, these approaches overlook how the visual design changes over time.(More)
It is common sense that people don't play games that are too difficult for them. Thus Game developers need to understand the performance abilities of players. Several studies suggest a clear dissimilarity in video game playing abilities between different genders and age groups. In this paper, we report on a study investigating impact of age, gender and(More)