The Project

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Despite the rapid and significant growth of virtual reality video games, scientific studies have not yet been conducted to highlight the outstanding differences of this kind of games as compared to the more traditional kind (i.e. not immersive, for instance console or mobile games). Peculiarly, very little information is provided about the players’ experience during a virtual reality game.

Based on these observations, the first aim of this project is to answer the following research question: what distinguishes a traditional gaming experience from a virtual reality one in terms of emotional responses, sense of presence and usabiliy?

Furthermore, the project aims to investigate the application of virtual reality games for the mental well-being (i.e., stress reduction, elicitation of positive emotions).

Main Roles
  • Research designer and project manager
  • Design, development and evaluation of a multimethod (i.e. focused on diverse aspects of the users’ experience) and multilevel (i.e. based on the integrated use of different technical and methodological solutions) assessment of players’ experience
  • Design, and execution of studies to explore the differences in terms of players’ experience that exist between virtual reality video games and more traditional ones (i.e. not immersive, such as the ones that can be played on desktop display)
  • Pallavicini F., Pepe A. Virtual Reality Games to Enhance Positive Emotions and Decrease Anxiety: A Pilot Study on the Role of Body Involvement. JMIR Serious Games, in press.
  • Pallavicini, F., Pepe, A. Minissi, M.E (2019) Gaming in Virtual Reality: What Changes in Terms of Usability, Emotional Response and Sense of Presence Compared to Non-Immersive Video Games? Simulation & Gaming. Download PDF
  • Pallavicini F., Pepe A., Minissi M.E. (2019) Taking Neuropsychological Test to the Next Level: Commercial Virtual Reality Video Games for the Assessment of Executive Functions. In: Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 11573, Springer: pp. 133-149. Download PDF.
  • Pallavicini, F., Ferrari, A. and Mantovani, F. 2018. Video Games for Well-Being: A Systematic Review on the Application of Computer Games for Cognitive and Emotional Training in the Adult Population. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 2127. Dowload PDF
  • Pallavicini, F., Ferrari, A., Garcea, G., Zanacchi, A., & Mantovani, F. (2018). Effectiveness of virtual reality survival horror games for the emotional elicitation: Preliminary insights using Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. In M. Antona & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Universal access in human-computer Interaction. Virtual, augmented, and intelligent environments: 12th international conference, UAHCI 2018, held as part of HCI International 2018. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. Dowload PDF
  • Pallavicini F, Ferrari A, Barone G, Zini A, Garcea G, Zanacchi A, Mantovani F: What distinguishes a traditional gaming experience from one in virtual reality? An exploratory study. In T. Ahram & C. Falcão (Eds.), Advances in Human Factors in Wearable Technologies and Game Design: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Advances in Human Factors and Wearable Technologies (pp. 225-231). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. Download PDF
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