• Posts Tagged ‘research’

    Playtesting Study by Carnegie Mellon University Researchers

    by  • July 7, 2014 • News • Comments Off on Playtesting Study by Carnegie Mellon University Researchers

    Playtesting matters. Studying how playtesting works is important because evidence-based practices save time and energy and give us a better starting place. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have put out a call for folks who have released independent game products to participate in a study on playtesting practices. Be still my heart! Months out...

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    Play My Game – For Science!

    by  • August 26, 2013 • News • Comments Off on Play My Game – For Science!

    As part of my ongoing research, I’m trying to figure out how people learn complex concepts from playing games. Right now, I’m trying to recruit people to help me test my theories. This involves playing a game, reading some short vignettes, choosing explanations for why things happened in the vignettes, and answering a few...

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    Race4MyPlace – Targeting Women Because Numbers Don’t Lie

    by  • February 15, 2013 • People & Events • Comments Off on Race4MyPlace – Targeting Women Because Numbers Don’t Lie

    One thing that I am always looking for is game marketing that goes against the typical “teenage boy” target market, and of course, I’m always interested in games that are designed by women. I had the chance to see both of these in action recently when I spoke to Mike Gramling, the CEO of...

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    Gender, RPG Publication, and SCIENCE! (Part I)

    by  • September 19, 2012 • Essays • 5 Comments

    Our very own Elizabeth Sampat asked a question the other day on Twitter. “Are female indie RPG designers,” she wondered, “less likely to publish a second game than male indie RPG designers?” She pointed out that several women she knew had very negative reactions to their first games, and this might be affecting their...

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    Things I Want To Know (#2)

    by  • July 11, 2012 • Essays • 6 Comments

    The amazing conversations happening on, around, and because of this site continue to inspire me with interesting research questions. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to answer some of these someday! But first, your regularly scheduled scholarly caveat: Research design is a complex process, and I can only give you a glimpse at it here....

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    Things I Want To Know (#1)

    by  • May 23, 2012 • Essays • 7 Comments

    My day job is in game research, so I’m always interested in how we can get better data about games and the experience of play. One of the reasons I contribute to this blog is because it inspires my work! I thought I’d share some of the ideas that have come up because of...

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