The Effects of Peripheral Use on Video Game Play
Fourteen volunteers were asked to participate in an experiment, along with answering a survey, toevaluate the performance of three peripherals: the Xbox 360 Wired Controller, a keyboard, and theRock Band Fender Stratocaster Wired Guitar Controller. The participants played a prototype madein Unity, and their accuracy scores were analyzed in R using ANOVA. However, no significantquantifiable difference was found based on which peripheral was being used. The scores were alsoanalyzed using Pearson's Product-Moment correlation, and we were able to determine that thevariation in accuracy scores was directly linked to the participant's specific test run in theexperiment. Taking this into consideration along with results of our observational data andparticipant feedback, we found that there were more factors at play, in regards to playability andaccuracy, than just the input device itself. The learning effect of repetitive play of the prototype andinput devices, the control input scheme, and the participant's chosen peripheral manipulationmethod all had an impact.
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