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An Adoption Framework for Mobile Augmented Reality Games: The Case of Pokémon Go

Rauschnabel, PA and Rossmann, A and tom Dieck, MC (2017) An Adoption Framework for Mobile Augmented Reality Games: The Case of Pokémon Go. Computers in Human Behavior, 76. pp. 276-286. ISSN 0747-5632

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Abstract

Pokémon Go was the first mobile augmented reality (AR) game to reach the top of the download charts of mobile applications. However, little is known about this new generation of mobile online AR games. Existing theories provide limited applicability for user understanding. Against this background, this research provides a comprehensive framework based on uses and gratification theory, technology risk research, and flow theory. The proposed framework aims to explain the drivers of attitudinal and intentional reactions, such as continuance in gaming or willingness to invest money in in-app purchases. A survey among 642 Pokémon Go players provides insights into the psychological drivers of mobile AR games. The results show that hedonic, emotional, and social benefits and social norms drive consumer reactions while physical risks (but not data privacy risks) hinder consumer reactions. However, the importance of these drivers differs depending on the form of user behavior.

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