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Dr Matthew Barr is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where he previously convened the University’s first game studies course and was the founding editor of the international student game studies journal, Press Start. He is currently based in the Centre for Computing Science Education, where he leads the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering programme and is co-director of the University’s Games and Gaming Lab. Matt has also taught on the games development programme at Glasgow Caledonian University, leading modules including Game Content Design and Game Narrative.

Barr’s research examines how video games may be used to develop skills and competencies such as critical thinking, adaptability, and communication skill. This work forms the basis his book, Graduate Skills and Game-Based Learning, published with Palgrave in 2019. Barr currently serves as Vice Chair of British DiGRA (the Digital Games Research Association) and as a Director and Trustee for the Scottish Game Developers Association. He also sits on the BAFTA Scotland Committee, where he currently chairs the Games Jury.


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Posted by Matthew Barr on Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:35:00 EDT in Design, Serious, Design, Serious
Through interviews with developers behind commercial titles including Borderlands, Portal and Lara Croft, this post explores how such games are designed to exercise certain skills and competencies in players, which may also be valuable beyond the games.

Posted by Matthew Barr on Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:07:00 EDT in Design, Serious, Design, Serious
Video games are designed to exercise useful skills such as communication, resourcefulness, and adaptability in players. We present empirical evidence for using games to develop such skills in university students.