Building Trust with Development Teams

Being a good user researcher is not just about finding usability or user experience issues with games. Once the issues have been found, another part of the role is ensuring that the development team take the right action to resolve them. To achieve this, it’s important to create a strong trust relationship with the development […]

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Some things I’ve learned about moderating playtesting sessions

1-1 playtesting sessions, where the moderator is sat in the room with an individual player (or small groups playing on one console), are a key part of games user research, and are essential for getting useful usability feedback throughout the development process. During my time at PlayStation I’ve been lucky enough to work with some […]

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Don’t Playtest Your Game

This post is about why you shouldn’t playtest your game. But it’s not about why your game shouldn’t be tested. It just shouldn’t be you, the developer, doing it. Playtesting during development is invaluable, and it’s great to see how enthusiastic many teams are about running their own tests. However there are a number of […]

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Setting up a multiplayer game in Trials Fusion.

In our office, we often play multiplayer games during lunchtime. The excitebike-esque Trials HD was popular for a while (despite being an Xbox exclusive!), so we were all eagerly awaiting Trials Fusion coming to PS4. It’s a great game, and perfect for collocated competition. However, there are many annoying parts of setting up a multiplayer […]

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