Video: A game dev’s guide to the UX of engagement and immersion

In this 2017 GDC talk, UX designer Celia Hodent discusses the UX challenges of retention and how to use cognitive science and the scientific method to make your game enjoyable and engaging in the long term.

Hodent’s talk was rich with practical advice and useful examples, as well as insights gleaned during her time at Epic Games working on games like Fortnite.

It was a practical and useful talk, especially if you’re passionate about how good design can make players’ lives better, and now it’s free to watch over on the official GDC YouTube channel!

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC or VRDC already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page.