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What can process industry learn from Nintendo, - and other creators of video games?
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Science. Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Human-Computer Interaction. Människa-datorinteraktion. (Nygren)
2001 (English)In: People in Control. An international conference on Human Interfaces in Control Rooms, Cockpits and Command Centres: Information display and visualisation June 2001. University of Manchester, UK, 2001Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The development of operator interface features in process control is rather slow. This is mainly due to the fact that a control system may live 5-10 years or more and that there are often aspects other than the interface that determines the choice of replacement for an old system.

In the field of computer games however, the “operator” interface is essential. An abundance of new games hit the market each year and because of the intense competition, flaws in the human computer interface is devastating to economy. Because of this, iterative improvements of dialogue concepts occur regularly, and the development is very fast.

Of course, there are large differences between playing a computer game and controlling a process. However, if we analyse and become aware of the exact nature of these differences, and, if can accept, that we may have something to learn from a strictly non-academic discipline, then there are a plenitude of features out there, just waiting to be applied to modern control systems.

We have collected video recordings of game play and analysed solutions for: option settings, meter presentations, navigational aids, file navigation, information coding and warning- and alarm messages and a lot more.

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control room, display design, human-computer interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-24248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-24248DiVA: diva2:52022
Available from: 2007-02-04 Created: 2007-02-04

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