This project investigated the motivation of young adults to expend energy while playing video games. The researchers compared traditional video games played on home consoles, which use a hand-held or motion-sensing controller, with more active games that require physical movement using a controller such as a dance pad, balance board, or guitar. The study focused on the players' presence (their perception of being in the game environment), as well as their motivation (their desire to do something for its own sake and not for an external reward). Presence and motivation are two factors that are known to increase the amount of time people spend playing a game.
This project was funded as part of Health Games Research, a national program of the Pioneer Portfolio dedicated to funding and supporting research to advance the effectiveness of interactive games for health.
Amount Awarded $99,924.00
Awarded on: 5/1/2008
Time frame: 5/1/2008 - 12/31/2009
Grant Number: 64438
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