A Game of Dark Patterns - Designing Healthy, Highly-Engaging Mobile Games

Jacob Aagaard, Miria Emma Clausen Knudsen, Per Bækgaard, Kevin Doherty

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Abstract

Gaming is a more accessible, engaging and popular past-time than ever before. Recent research highlights games as strikingly effective means of capturing and holding our attention-so effective, some argue, to the point of deleterious effect. An impassioned CHI2021 panel discussion directed these efforts towards the ethics and adoption of dark patterns. And yet, we know little as to how dark patterns are perceived and arise in the design, development and use of games. This paper seeks to address this knowledge gap by recounting findings from a design-led inquiry comprising interviews and workshops conducted with mobile game players, designers, developers, and business developers. We contribute an understanding of how dark patterns arise in the development, use and commercialisation of mobile games, their effects on players and industry professionals, and means for the consideration, negotiation and navigation of these strategies for gamer-engagement by design-in support of healthier, highly-engaging game experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date27 Apr 2022
Article number438
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391566
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2022
Event2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20225 May 2022
https://chi2022.acm.org/

Conference

Conference2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationNew Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period30/04/202205/05/2022
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Keywords

  • Dark patterns
  • Development
  • Engagement
  • Games
  • HCI
  • Wellbeing

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