Introduction to Games User Research

Anders Drachen*, Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Lennart E. Nacke

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This chapter provides an introduction to the field of Games User Research (GUR) and to the present book. GUR is an interdisciplinary field of practice and research concerned with ensuring the optimal quality of usability and user experience in digital games. GUR inevitably involves any aspect of a video game that players interface with, directly or indirectly. This book aims to provide the foundational, accessible, go-to resource for people interested in GUR. It is a community-driven effort-it is written by passionate professionals and researchers in the GUR community as a handbook and guide for everyone interested in user research and games. We aim to provide the most comprehensive overview from an applied perspective, for a person new to GUR, but which is also useful for experienced user researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames User Research
EditorsAnders Drachen, Pejman Mirza-Babaei, Lennart Nacke
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date22. Mar 2018
ISBN (Print)9780198794844
Publication statusPublished - 22. Mar 2018

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  • Game development
  • Games User Research
  • Play Experience
  • Playtesting
  • User Experience
  • User testing


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