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Tamagotchi++: A Serious, Personalized Game to Encourage Healthy Behavior
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Computer Science and Informatics. (HCI)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4344-9986
Department of Informatics New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, New Jersey, USA.
2019 (English)In: Companion Proceedings of the 24th International on Intelligent User Interfaces: 3rd Workshop on Theory-Informed User Modeling for Tailoring and Personalizing Interfaces (HUMANIZE) / [ed] Parra D.,Riche N.,Trattner C., CEUR-WS , 2019, Vol. 2327Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With life expectancy steadily increasing, healthy aging is becoming more important. Especially at a later age, the susceptibility to complications, such as morbidity, increases. Engaging in sufficient physical activities throughout a lifespan lowers the chances on such complications and contributes to an increased quality of life. However, the vast majority of the world's population does not engage enough in any form of physical activity. In this position paper we propose a serious game solution to promote physical activities based on the popular Tamagotchi from the 90's. We propose the virtual character of which the user needs to take care of to be a reflection of oneself. Thereby, any (in)activities of the user is directly reflected through the emotional and physical state of the character. Through the character, we hope to increase engagement in physical activities and facilitate long term behavioral change. Furthermore, we propose additional features and open research questions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CEUR-WS , 2019. Vol. 2327
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CEUR Workshop Proceedings, E-ISSN 1613-0073
Keywords [en]
Serious Games, Personalization; Health, Tamagotchi
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Other Engineering and Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43108Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063225624OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43108DiVA, id: diva2:1290188
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24th International on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), March 16-20, 2019, Los Angeles, USA
Available from: 2019-02-19 Created: 2019-02-19 Last updated: 2019-04-02Bibliographically approved

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