Finally the ICEC 2011 proceedings are out. I co-chaired the conference with Sid Fels. This was a great experience. The conference was attended by many colleagues from Europe, US, and Canada. Great intellectually stimulating discussions.
I co-organized a workshop on Games User Research with some wonderful co-organizers: Lennart Nacke, Heather Desurvire, Anders Drachen, Katherine Isbister, and Regina Bernhaupt.
The workshop was attended by many fantastic and intellectually stimulating researchers. Some from industry: Sony, EA, Google, and Microsoft, and others are from academia. We started off with presentations by everyone. Then we broke up into groups working on hypothesis and explorative design problems discussing methods that are suitable for these problems.
After this we then did a crowd sourcing session gathering problems that the groups feel are important problems for the GUR community to work on methodologically.
We then shared war stories, stories from the trenches, in a circle support group like session.
Everyone left with new friends and great new connections and lessons learned. it was a lot of fun to see everyone. This was a fantastic 2 day experience. Working with Lennart, Heather, Anders, Katherine and Regina was a wonderful experience.