A sedentary lifestyle is a growing health concern. Many researchers and game designers are investigating the value of exergames for encouraging an active lifestyle. However, not all games are enjoyable for everyone and thus, players drop out. To provide a better understanding of how to create a more enjoyable experience and encourage continued play, we conducted an exploratory study to examine the effects of personality-based pairings on enjoyment in the context of two exergaming scenarios. Early results seem to show that player pairs who score high on conscientiousness and openness particularly enjoyed playing together in a cooperative game scenario, whereas player pairs who score high on extraversion and openness particularly enjoyed their interaction together in a competitive game scenario. This study serves as a good prototype to further validate the concept of personality-based pairings with a larger sample.

Competition, Cooperation, Exergames, Personality, Personalization
Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine
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Chan, G. (Gerry), Arya, A, & Whitehead, A. (2018). Personalizing the exergame experience: a personality tailoring approach. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 2018(16), 179–181.