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User Reviews of Gamepad Controllers: a Source of User Requirements and User Experience

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Publication details

Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
DatePublished - 4 Oct 2015
Pages643 - 648
Number of pages6
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3466-2


The development of the digital games industry has motivated game console makers to provide better gamepads for gamers. As gamepads provide the interaction between digital games and gamers, it is important to understand gamers' requirements for these devices. This study used content analysis to investigate whether existing gamepads satisfy gamers' requirements and provide good game experience, with a view to informing new designs. A content analysis of user reviews of four different game consoles was conducted. An emergent coding scheme with 11 categories was developed. 'Comfort' was the most frequently mentioned category, accounting for nearly 25% of all comments in the reviews. 'Material Quality' and 'Responsiveness' yielded the most negative comments. Implications for design improvements are discussed.

    Research areas

  • Gamepad Controllers; Gamepad Design; User requirements; User experience.

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