FINDING THE BEAT

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 recording I observed how quantifiable
measures of my performance and improvement in the positioning of my fingers and compared with my self-perceived gameplay skill. It was found that I regularly underwent unconscious experimentation and improvement that showed disjointed but gradual progress over time, and was generally misaligned to my self-percieved efficacy. Along with observations and reflection of my gameplay recordings, I also
present a theoretical framework for understanding the development of rhythm game literacy.

CYCLES OF EXPERTISE IN RHYTHM GAMES
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