Towards a Framework of Player Experience Research

Player experience (PX) research is currently evolving to be a fundamental concept in an expanding field of work with a strong empirical research focus.

Player Experience (PX), user experience in the specific context of digital games, is currently a nebulous term with no commonly accepted definition or coherent backing theory. In this paper, a brief overview of the current stateof-the-art of PX knowledge is presented, with a specific emphasis on comparing PX research with the massive amount of knowledge currently being generated about user experience in other areas of HCI, notably productivity applications. Furthermore, to outline the current gaps in the knowledge of PX and integrate current research into a unified theoretical framework, creating a shared point of reference for the decidedly multi-disciplinary PX research.

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Author: Lennart Nacke
Department: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Author: Anders Drachen
Department: Aalborg University, Ballerup, Denmark

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