ALARM! Another confusion on board!!!
I think it is not the same to talk about user centered than user experience.
Several papers related to computer science are highlighting that their focus is to enhance the user experience. Excuse me?, how do they measure and validate that the experience is enhanced with their intervention? (haven’t seen/read measurements and less validations of their intervention on the experience of the users)
In parallel, game studies is putting a lot of effort on the understanding of the game experience. However, on this field it is possible to observed long ethnographies (in case of virtual worlds) or the use of psychological methodologies for specific purposes.
Perhaps one can assume, due to the fact that “x” is developed using a user-centered approach, the experience will be enhanced using ex. But isn’t is a dangerous generalization?, because which experience is enhanced? (positive or negative experience), diminish frustration, increase enjoyment, inspirational, etc. And even those elements should be clearly define first.
To be direct: according to whom, which experience is enhanced, how is it enhanced, under which specific context and using what?.
Maybe I am getting picky, I am confusing myself easily, or complicating myself. :/
But clear thinking, it is not easy!