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Touchomatic: interpersonal touch gaming in the wild

Marshall, Joe; Tennent, Paul

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Direct touch between people is a key element of social behaviour. Recently a number of researchers have explored games which sense aspects of such interpersonal touch to control interaction with a multiplayer computer game. In this paper, we describe a long term, in-the-wild study of a two-player arcade game which is controlled by gentle touching between the body parts of two players. We ran the game in a public videogame arcade for a year, and present a thematic analysis of 27 hours of gameplay session videos, organized under three top level themes: control of the system, interpersonal interaction within the game, and social interaction around the game. In addition, we provide a quantitative analysis of observed demographic differences in interpersonal touch behaviour. Finally, we use these results to present four design recommendations for use of interpersonal touch in games.

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Marshall, J., & Tennent, P. (2017). Touchomatic: interpersonal touch gaming in the wild. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - DIS '17. https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064727

Conference Name 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17)
End Date Jun 14, 2017
Acceptance Date Mar 25, 2017
Publication Date Jun 10, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 9, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - DIS '17
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064727
Keywords Interpersonal touch; game; in the wild; arcade
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44798
Publisher URL http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3064663.3064727
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Published in: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. New York : ACM, 2017. ISBN 978-1-4503-4922-2. doi:10.1145/3064663.3064727

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