Games are great platforms for research, and one of the reasons for this is that you can easily distribute experiments and gather great data quickly. If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, you can help out two great research projects right now just by playing a couple of games.
The folks over at NC State (who are hosting this year’s AIIDE conference) are doing an experiment with choose-your-own-adventure games and player/narrative relationships. Click through a questionnaire and then play a CYOA game and help them understand how people relate to choice and stories in games. I’m loving the work in the CYOA format that’s going on these days.
Next up is ITU Copenhagen – I believe this is some PhD or Masters’ thesis work on player perception. Having played this one myself I’m very excited to see how the data for this comes out. Warning: at the end you’ll be asked to copy a numeric string for the questions. Please write this down by hand or something! My Mac fumbled the copy-paste and ruined my participation for me.
Apologies for the lack of screenshots – I didn’t want to reveal anything about the studies in case it ruined part of it for the researchers! Please consider taking part in both of these projects, and help make their work even stronger.