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Michail N. Giannakos

“This game is girly!” Perceived enjoyment and student acceptance of edutainment

Serious video games that enable students to engage into topics as mathematics through an enjoyment process are becoming increasingly popular. However, there is lack of empirical evidence on the relationship between students’ enjoyment and their intention to use serious video games. This study is about a storytelling serious video game, which has the goal to improve the mathematical skills of players. The game has a plot, featuring a story in which a mission is assigned to the player. The story and the mission are used to stimulate the students’ interest and motivate them to play the game. The empirical study is a controlled experiment to which 46 Gymnasium (middle school) students participated. Results confirmed the positive effects of the enjoyment on students’ intention to use storytelling serious games. Notably, we found that gender has a moderating effect on the relationships between enjoyment and intention to use the game. The results of this study suggest that games with a storytelling component might be attractive to girls.

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Michail N. Giannakos is an ERCIM Alain Bensoussan Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Previously, he was a Richard T. Cheng Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Informatics with specialization in Social and Humanistic Studies and Ph.D. on Educational Technology from the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. He is the main author of more than twenty five peer-reviewed research articles in several international journals and conferences. He was Research Associate on Marie Curie CULT project and Microsoft VideoPal project. His main research interests are in the area of educational technology, video-mediated learning/communication and computer science education. Dr. Giannakos is the founder and chairman of Ionian ACM student chapter. He is member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Greek Computer Society (GCS) and IFIP Working Group 3.1 Informatics and ICT in Secondary Education.


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