XI.5 September + October 2004
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Steven Pemberton

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Sometimes I think that the times I experience the most emotion are when I'm watching either the big screen or the little screen. With decennia of experience the filmmakers know extremely well how to provoke emotions: I have (as a child I admit) hidden behind the seat in fear watching The Wizard of Oz, or Dr. Who. I have cried, laughed out loud, and been shocked¬ówell it seems that if there is an emotion, I have felt it while watching a film. I recently had to admire the TV series The Office, which seems to have made an art out of embarrassment: I have seen grown men hiding behind chairs in embarrassment watching it.

There has been a growth in interest in emotion in the HCI field recently, partly provoked by Don Norman's keynote at CHI, and his most recent book. So it is time for the other sort of screen to start provoking emotions. Since one of the aims of usability is to make the computing experience more enjoyable, fun is one of the more important emotions for us. This issue is a special issue on fun, and so I hope you enjoy it.

In fact it is my last special issue, though not quite my last issue. When I took on the job of editor in chief of interactions, after five years of being editor-in-chief of the SIGCHI Bulletin, I decided I would do it too for five years. Five years is a good length of time to learn and make a contribution, and it is better not to hang on for too long so that others can have a chance, to let the publication develop further, and to give yourself the chance to do something else as well.

I have been editor-in-chief of interactions since 1998: I can hardly believe it myself. A year or so ago I mentioned to the interactions staff that it would be good if they started thinking about a new editor in chief, and finally that process has reached fruition. So this is my penultimate issue. Next issue I will take the opportunity to thank all those I have worked with, and welcome the new editors-in-chief.

Steven Pemberton

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