The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on December 5th, 2017. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo.
Presenter: Katta Spiel, Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, TU Wien, Vienna
Title: Eluding Experiences — The Broken Promises of Player Experience Questionnaires
Abstract: The quantification of players’ experiences during gameplay has been a consistent interest culminating in several publications within Games Research in the last ten years. I will provide an overview of the dominant questionnaires in the field and discuss their conceptualisations of player experiences. While researchers using them are usually aware of their limitations and report them, they are often neglected when it comes to citations and knowledge creations within the field. Hence, I will further show how we applied the Game Experience Questionnaire on a Games Research project involving Tetris and where it limited our research. I argue that through critically analysing our tools, we can understand them better, use them more sophistically in the future and move our focus to less researched experiences.
Date: December 5th, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: The Games Institute, EC1, Room 1331 (The Collaboration Space)
1:00 - 1:45am – Speaker's Presentation
1:45am - 2:00pm – Questions and Discussion
Biography of the Guest Speaker:
Katta has a background in Cultural Studies and Computer Science from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Before joining the Social Play Technologies project, Katta was also part of the successful OutsideTheBox project in which the research team co-designed technologies with individual autistic children. Katta's PhD centered around experiences of autistic children with technologies and including their first-hand perspectives. Other research interests include Games and Play, Critical Computer Science, Gender Studies and Philosophy of Science. Katta also coaches Vienna Roller Derby’s B-Team.