GSTF Journal on Computing (JoC)

, 3:38

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Technological Advancements in Affective Gaming: A Historical Survey

  • Thomas ChristyAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, Bangor University Email author 
  • , Ludmila I. KunchevaAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, Bangor University


Affective gaming (AG) is a cross-disciplinary area drawing upon psychology, physiology, electronic engineering and computer science, among others. This paper presents a historical overview of affective gaming, bringing together psychophysiological system developments, a time-line of video game graphical advancements and industry trends, thereby offering an entry point into affective gaming research. It is proposed that video games may soon reach a peak in perceivable graphical improvements. This opens up the door for innovative game enhancement strategies, such as emotiondriven interactions between the player and the gaming environment.

Index Terms

Affective gaming Emotion Psychophysiology Physiology Input devices Computer graphics