Dan has taken the scenic route to working in the games industry, taking in the sights, smells and stories of working as a mental health practitioner in the NHS and as a healthcare researcher. He now has over two years’ experience in the video games sector as a UX researcher at Quantic Labs, a leading European outsourcing company specializing in all-platform high-quality testing, UX and localisation. He has worked to help build the maturity of UX at Quantic Labs and has been fortunate to work on multiple UX projects across different platforms, game genres and clients in this time. He is also a co-founder and director of a small company developing mobile apps with a focus on providing digital research solutions and collaborates with universities and researchers around the world. Dan and his young family live in rural Transylvania, he enjoys visiting old ruined castles, learning to use a scythe and making wine from anything apart from grapes.
A whistle-stop tour of some of the many opportunities available to developers throughout the development process and beyond to improve their game by getting the players to see, play, experience and most importantly feedback on their game. One-or-two person Indie studios, Publishers and AAA will be able to more fully appreciate key moments during the dev-cycle when they can leverage player opinion and experience to make their game a better product. We will look at opportunities from the idea stage all the way through to launch and even after the game is released, as well as some of the pitfalls that can occur in games user research and how to avoid them.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
I really like Develop, I really like the intimacy of it and I love the location.. there’s a good diversity of talks going on so there hasn’t been a time when there’s nothing I want to see.
Develop always gets put in the diary. There are many reasons to be here, not just the talks, but the networking, people exchanging ideas about where the industry is right now and where it’s going to. It’s pretty essential to be here I think.
Ian Livingstone, CBE
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
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