Publication: Exergame Design for Elderly Users: The Case Study of SilverBalance

In this paper, we discuss chances and challenges of game design for an elderly audience with a focus on the development of safe and usable exertion games for frail senior citizens. Based on an analysis of theoretical constraints, we conducted a case study which implements different balance tasks for elderly players featuring the Nintendo Wii Balance Board which encourages users to actively engage in game play. Furthermore, we tested the feasibility of the board as input device for our case study SilverBalance. Our results indicate that age-related impairments influence the use of video games among frail elderly in many respects, hence their needs have to be considered during the design process. In this context, our paper provides a foundation for future research regarding digital games for the elderly.

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Kathrin Gerling
University of Lincoln
Jonas Schild
Maic Masuch

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Gerling, K.M., Schild, J., Masuch, M. 2010. Exergame Design for Elderly Users: The Case Study of SilverBalance. In International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE 2010), Taipei, Taiwan. 66-69.

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@inproceedings {248-p66-gerling,
author= {Kathrin Gerling and Jonas Schild and Maic Masuch},
title= {Exergame Design for Elderly Users: The Case Study of SilverBalance},
booktitle= {International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE 2010)},
year= {2010},
address= {Taipei, Taiwan},
pages= {66-69}
}