The Four Keys to Fun: Designing Emotional Engagement and Viral Distribution without Spamming Your Friends
Nicole Lazzaro, XEODesign
Often ignored by usability, neuroscience now proves that emotion deeply connects decision making and performance. Emotions also coordinate the actions between people. Therefore the next design challenge for desktop and cloud applications is not making a UI "easy," but rather making it more emotional and social. The trick is that emotions and social experiences cannot be designed directly.
This presentation covers how the choices in games craft player emotions to increase engagement. In addition to competition there are game mechanics that increase curiosity and others that create social bonding that makes team work possible. We will examine these 4 Keys to Fun plus new social mechanics from XEODesign's research to see how successful social media and iPhone games offer more playful interfaces that increase engagement, loyalty, and viral distribution. By adding these kinds of choices designers can drive user behavior to create more engaging experiences.
From XEODesign's latest player research we will look at:
• How games create emotion and self-motivation
• What mechanics and emotions drive social engagement, networking, and increase social bonding
• How player choices create emotions such as Schadenfreude, Fiero, Curiosity, and Love
• The emotions and mechanics that drive viral distribution.
Comparing examples from social media such as Twitter and Facebook to games on the web, console, and iPhone we draw out the secrets of social play and the emotions that makes something viral. Come hear the latest research results on emotions and games played on iPhones and social networks and what that means for more serious applications.
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