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Friday, July 10 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Finding the Beat: Cycles of Expertise in Rhythm Games

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Finding the Beat: Cycles of Expertise in Rhythm Games
Kevin Miklasz

I have experienced an interesting puzzle when playing rhythm games: gameplay on a song usually proceeds from being so complex that I don’t even know what I’m doing wrong, to being so fluent that I can play the song without conscious effort. Thus, I get better at the game without knowing how that improvement occurs or what it looks like. To better understand the development of my own rhythm game literacy, I downloaded four songs on the popular rhythm game Jukebeat, and recorded all of my gameplay on those four songs over a period of nine months. From this analysis I can determine how much and how quickly I am improving my performance, and whether that improvement is due to increased visual, audio or tactile skills. Along with this empirical data, I also present a theoretical framework for understanding the development of rhythm game literacy.

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Kevin Miklasz

Assessment Specialist, BrainPOP
I work on the design of new playful assessments on BrainPOP's website, and the analysis of the clickstream data that results from such assessments. I describe myself as a gamer, foodie, scientists and educator in no particular order. I love teaching kids using games and game design, I like creating games myself and I like analyzing them.

Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Play Circle Theater

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