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Hans Gellersen

The body language of fear: fearful nonverbal signals in survival-horror games

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In this paper, we present an exploration of players’ nonverbal body expressions when playing survival-horror games. We compared physiological signals and body expressions of 16 participants playing two games: a survival-horror game (Slender: The Eight Pages) and a custom-built baseline game with the same map and controls (Treasure Hunt). We show that the hard fun style of Survival-Horror games makes full body expressions an unsuitable modality for affect recognition, but scary game events are clearly expressed by their physiological signals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DiGRAA 2015 Conference
PublisherDigital Games Research Association - DiGRA
Publication year23 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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