In house game designer, artist, producer and lover of games. I bring diversity, design experience and the NOISE!!!!
“Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”
My background in the arts and architectural design have afforded me the ability to engage in projects that cross the disciplines of visual art and design, combined with my love of visual media and entertainment I find myself passionate about developing video games. I view development with perspective from both art and design. Through exploration, experience and sheer desire for discovery, my approach constantly jumps over the edge of the two disciplines to find the best solution for creating a fun and aesthetically appealing game environment.
I love this quote because in games, the best ones are always simple to grasp (i.e. put the ball in the basket or capture your opponents king) however these games take a lot of time to master (Basketball or Chess). I believe games find depth not in the amount of options/features the player has but in the number of strategies the player can develop. Now fuse in visual aesthetics that can enhance an emotional connection or trigger a memory in the player and a deep satisfying experience can ensue.
Smoking is one of the leading public health problems in the world. Currently, there is no evidence-based intervention program available to help youth and young adults quit smoking. Besides the lack of high-quality research, recruitment and retention of youth and young adults are two of the most challenging aspects of the implementation and evaluation of smoking cessation interventions. We argue that limitations in current smoking cessation interventions for youth can be maximally addressed by using video games as interventions. In the current project a video game will be developed and tested on its effectiveness and mechanisms of change to help youth and young adults quit smoking.
Our research aims to transform young people’s mental health by developing and testing a social game for resiliency when facing stress events. Working in collaboration with the Award winning studio Aardman Animations, we want to harness the important mental health implications of both social support and mindsets, to develop a fun and engaging intervention.
In this project, we aim to take a closer look at the way in which information is being sampled and integrated in individuals suffering from or at risk for depression. Since human beings are only able to perceive and process a limited amount of information, we have evolved to sample parts of information instead and attempt to draw accurate and workable conclusions based on the sample available to us. We have reason, however, to think that this process may be affected in depression, and aim to find out how exactly using methods such as behavioural computational modeling.
In my PhD project I study social games for the prevention of depression. In my project I take part in both the development and testing of games. I want to use video games to help youth become more emotionally resilient and to decrease the stigma that surrounds depression. I do this in close collaboration with other researchers and game designers. I am particularly interested in games that are played in a social context, because I believe that both social threat and social support are key factors in the development and maintenance of depression.
People with large social networks on average live longer, happier, less stressed lives. We can potentially leverage virtual reality to increase the experience of social support and impact daily stress and anxiety. Therefore, this project aims to pinpoint which aspects of virtual social interaction are needed to convey a sense of social support.
RT @Gryphire: Part 3 of #GEMHPortraits before running off to #ICPS19: the energetic and creative driving force at @GEMH_Lab - @KenKoontz17!…
https://t.co/F0E2sVgsr8 Is it the Game Design that is addicting or the connections to online friends made while playing?
The condition "Gaming Disorder" describes a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior so severe that it takes "precedence over other life interests". But is it the game design that is addicting or the emotional connections to an online social network made while playing the game?
Every March, to coincide with the Game Developers conference and many other major gaming news & updates, we felt now would be a great opportunity to take a look at some of the games available that can have a positive impact on mental and emotional well-being. Games that you can relax to but still be immersed in a non casual way.
GEMH Lab recommends games available that can have a positive impact on mental and emotional well-being.
GEMH Lab - Theme Month December - Loneliness | GEMH Lab https://t.co/llqgxVnfzg
GEMH Lab - Theme Month December - Loneliness | GEMH Lab https://t.co/llqgxV5EHI
It makes me feel comfortable knowing that I can be by myself and enjoy that time on my own, however when I start to frequently choose to be by myself rather than join others out and about am I being self confident or retreating into loneliness?
We asked if there is a game that can give social support from strangers that still feels meaningful and memorable?… https://t.co/pdheGcP486
In the first installment of our bi-monthly Game Day we explore if we can make a player engage challenging situations confident that other players would help them personally. We chose the MMORPG Guild Wars 2 to examine how its unique combat system, map exploration and character progression could create a context for the player to experience personalized social support.
Dutch Game Garden invites you to INDIGO, the showcase for the finest, most outstanding games by independent developers.
CHI PLAY is an international and interdisciplinary conference for researchers and professionals across all areas of play, games and human-computer interaction.
Anouk Tuijnman from the GEMH lab will give a presentation on Applied Games and Mental Health: Moving Stories. Moving Stories will also be shown at the demo session.
The symposium will be held in the renovated building 'Collegium Veteranorum'
VR Days Europe is a 3-day celebration of Virtual and Augmented content, creativity and innovation.