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Doodle Dots

If a police detective is only as good as her informants than a games user researcher is only as good as her play testers (sorry, I just watched an episode of The Wire). In this blog post I introduce my latest play tester, Ashton. Ashton is awesome – and not just because he works for me in exchange for cupcakes. His little hands and eyes pick up on things I would never do, think of, or see. Read more

Super Mario 3D Land

I feel that a Super Mario game is an ambitious first game to review, but I have to pay homage to Shigeru Miyamoto and his team for their abilities to create accessible user experiences.  I appreciate their style of communicating information to the player – it’s simple and effective.  Let me pause here to tell you what I mean by accessibleRead more

Rules Tina Plays By

Tina has started playing games!  Each blog post will focus on one game, and will follow the format of this post.  I’ll start out with a prose description of my experience playing the game.  I’ll aim to say witty and insightful things, but that won’t always happen.  I’ll include some details not covered in the categories below such as what I thought about the mechanics, story, art and so forth. Read more