Date of Award

2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science

Department

Computer Science and Statistics

First Advisor

Jean-Yves Hervé

Abstract

Exercise is an important activity which many people do not include in their lives, leading to health issues as they age. A commonly cited reason for not exercising is lack of motivation. One approach to increase motivation to exercise is to combine exercise with video games, called exergames. My research presents an experiment designed to determine how an exergame with vibrotactile feedback affects a users' intrinsic motivation, immersion, and interest in the game and a system designed for the experiment. I conducted a user study with students between the ages of 20 to 30 who played the same exergame with vibrotactile feedback for between 3 to 5 minutes and without vibrotactile feedback for between 3 to 5 minutes. The results and analysis of the data collected indicate that the system functions properly and that vibrotactile feedback can increase intrinsic motivation in an exergame user. No evidence was found that supported vibrotactile feedback increasing a user's immersion in the game. Further study is warranted due to the small sample size of the study.

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