Games User Research, Redux! (with Hannah Murphy)

In a previous episode, we mentioned that Mark’s game, Metro Nexus, recently underwent a usability study, so for this episode, we brought in the Games User Researcher who conducted it, Hannah Murphy!

Hannah talks about her work, explains the value of UX research for indie developers, and discusses the study she did for Metro Nexus.

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Metro Nexus

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“My computer vapes.” Building a PC; Pen and Paper RPGs; E3 Recap

Martha brags about her computer, Mark finds yet another excuse to talk about Star Trek, and Stephen is still holding out hope for a Smash Bros. announcement.

NOTE: After an epic (off-screen) battle, your nice hosts have managed to regain control of the clubhouse from their evil counterparts. We apologize for last week’s evil interruption. It will never happen again… we hope.

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[0:05:08] Building a PC

[0:37:18]  Pen and Paper RPGs

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Pictured: Stephen in another life.

[1:01:03] E3 Recap

Evil Games Club! An Evil Introduction; Gamer Motivation Profiles; Mario Kart

Oh no… My wife, my boyfriend Dylan, and Adia somehow manage to take over the broadcast for… EVIL GAMES CLUB!

+!+!+!+!+ NICE TRANSMISSION INTERRUPTED +!+!+!+!+

Mwa ha ha! For our first villainous episode, your evil hosts discuss what their deal is, do a deep dive into Quantic Foundry’s Gamer Motivation Profile, and rail against Mario Kart battle mode. Enjoy! Or don’t! We don’t care! We’re evil!

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[0:01:44] An Evil Introduction

[0:15:20] Gamer Motivation Profile

[1:22:23] Mario Kart

  • No links for this section, just evil talk.

 

“We joke here.” Future Projects; Steam Direct; Racing Games

In this episode, you nice hosts discuss some current events and engage in some future prognostications. Plus: more puns than reasonable.

Apologies for the slightly odd audio quality on this one. The band playing at the bar downstairs was a bit louder and started a bit earlier than we expected. Much sound modeling. So noise reduction.

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  • In you’re in the Minneapolis area, join our community Slack team!
  • Martha’s dad will be speaking at the IDGA-TC meeting, on July 12th. Visit igdatc.org for more details.

[0:04:31] Future Projects

[0:37:40] Steam Direct

[0:53:02] Racing Games

Rad Hazard
This boat is broken.

Games User Research and Analytics (with Nic VanMeerten)

Nic VanMeerten is a Games User Researcher and one of the co-founders of Glitch. He talks to your nice hosts about how meeting with researchers working on League of Legends at Riot Games jump-started his career in Games User Research, the different research methods used in GUR, the benefits of qualitative versus quantitative approaches, working with Unity Analytics, and more!

Want to find Nic on the Internet? Search Nicolaas VanMeerten on Google!
Or follow him on Twitter: @nicolaasvm

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