As researchers, empathy should be at the heart of everything we do! Games interest me because they emphasize the engagement and enjoyment of the player/user experience. I use mixed-methods processes and design to research my various interests across human-computer interaction (HCI) and games.
I'm curious how challenge and collaboration game mechanics affect player experience and encourage conversations that lead to reflective learning. I use (games) user research methods and also explore embodied interaction (XR) to study this.
Ever since Pokémon indirectly taught me English as a kid, I've loved games and technologies for encouraging us to imagine beyond our individual lenses of the world. I especially believe media that address issues such as mental health, queer identities, and accessibility are powerful in eliciting meaningful experiences 🎮