The workshop Games as HCI Method will be organized at CHI 2016 in San Jose, California. It aims to experiment with using game design elements to improve HCI research, and to explore how such elements can become part of the different phases of design.

The idea of using game elements outside of the domains of game and play is not new. Similar to the approach of participatory design games, more and more HCI researchers are adopting game design elements in their research methods, e.g. to create a safe and comfortable setting for their participants, to improve group dynamics during research, or to stimulate future thinking.

This workshop brings together researchers and designers to share experiences and ideas for integrating game design elements in HCI research activities. It will focus on how existing game design elements (e.g. content, fiction & narrative, mechanics, aesthetics & graphics and framing) could be employed to improve HCI research.

In case you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Karin Slegers.