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Games interview with Elizabeth Zelle, Amazon games

Elizabeth Zelle – Amazon Games

An exclusive interview with Elizabeth Zelle – User Research Manager at Amazon Games. We discussed transitioning from QA into games user research, and top skills for researchers.

Learn about what games user researchers do when they're not researching

What else do games user researchers do?

Games user researchers don’t just run studies, and there are other activities which can increase the impact of our work. Learn what user researchers do when they are not running studies.

Tips and advice for new games user researchers

Tips for new games user researchers

It can be hard to be a new user researcher, particularly in organisations which haven’t had much experience of running structured playtests.

Read some tips for new games user researchers that should help avoid some common mistakes!

Debriefing a study for games user research

Debriefing a study

Sharing research findings from playtests and games UX tests is essential to making sure your studies have an impact, and the findings are not ignored.

Tips for analysing a games user research study

Analysing a games user research study

After running a usability or UX playtest, the raw data needs to be analysed to reveal the conclusions and inform game design decisions. Learn how to analyse a games user research study to turn raw data into meaningful findings.

Advice on how to run a games user research study

Running a games user research study

Moderating playtests requires a structure to make sure that the correct topics get covered.

Learn how to run a games user research study that generates the right data to answer game design questions.

Advice on preparing games user research studies

Preparing a games user research study

Preparing a games user research study requires a lot of admin to make sure the right people turn up, the right version gets tested and that the study runs smoothly.

Learn how to recruit participants, and prepare a great study.

Designing games user research studies

Designing a games user research study

Answering research objectives requires selecting the right methods that will reveal players real behaviour.

Learn how to design a study that answers usability and games UX questions reliably.

Defining research objectives in games user research

Defining research objectives

Successful studies need to be closely linked to the questions that game teams have, and the decisions they need to make.

Learn how defining research objectives is essential to running great studies.

What are games user research methods? Learn more in this article

Games User Research Methods

There’s a huge variety of research methods available to researchers, and they need to be carefully matched to the study’s objectives. Learn about different games user research methods and when they are suitable.

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