Dance enhanced: investigating how earning content through exertion impacts dance game enjoyment

Emiko Charbonneau, Sarah Buchanan, Jared Bott, Floyd "Floyd" Mueller, Joseph J. LaViola Jr.

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Dance games are one of the most popular types of body controlled console games, making them ideal candidates for initiating exertion in players who do not exercise regularly. However, in order to become effective tools for consistent cardiovascular exercise, dance games need to maintain interest over a long time span. One solution that could help with long-term engagement is the addition of more narrative, competitive, and decorative elements. While other gameplay genres utilize this content to keep players involved, motion-controlled dance games are
just beginning to incorporate these elements.
We built Dance Enhanced, a website designed to offer earnable content to players of the game Dance Central 2. We conducted a four-week study comparing a group of participants playing the game alone with a group that also had access to the website. In this paper, we discuss the methodology
for designing and operating this study, as well as our
results, which indicated the potential for higher interest in competition, characters and storylines when presented with extra content.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games
EditorsTiffany Barnes , Ian Bogost
Place of PublicationSanta Cruz CA USA
PublisherSociety for the Advancement of the Science of Digital Games
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780991398225
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games 2014 - Conference is occurring on a ship., Liberty of the Seas, Antigua and Barbuda
Duration: 3 Apr 20147 Apr 2014
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceInternational Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games 2014
Abbreviated titleFDG 2014
CountryAntigua and Barbuda
CityLiberty of the Seas
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