My PhD student Andrew Macvean and I just got a CHI 2013 paper accepted about the fitness game work we did last summer. This is the pay off for standing around in the freezing rain watching teenagers stumble through muddy puddles. (The pay off for us, that is; the kids' reward was the joy of increased fitness.) Basically we are arguing that a) there is no point in doing one off pilot evaluations of exergames because you can't get fit for playing for a single 20 minutes b) exergames should be designed for more than light exercise and c) you can use self efficacy theory to predict how individual users will set and respond to goals. I think we put it more eloquently in the paper though.
Get the paper: Andrew Macvean and Judy Robertson.2013.Understanding Exergame Users’ Physical Activity,Motivation and Behavior Over Time.To appear in In Proceedings of the 2013 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA Download CRC18thJanJRTwo
And here's the (now) obligatory CHI video. It turns out that we are better at writing papers than we are at making videos. Who'd have thought it?