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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 5 Citations
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Alan Hook is a researcher in New Media and Play, and has worked in games and virtual environments development for over 10 years. He has exhibited his research internationally in America and Europe working with international festivals such as Zero1 in San Jose, Paraflows in Vienna and RXIC in Riga. He has exhibited virtual environments research in The Tech Museum, Americas largest Science and Technology Museum and continues to work with virtual environments and immersive game experiences as a way to build understanding of complex social, cultural and political issues. Alan’s current research looks at games as a way to tackle ‘wicked problems’ such as Climate Change or Civic and Societal Responsibility. Alan was shortlisted for the AHRC and BBC’s New Generation Thinkers Award for his work in digital design and play and empathy. 

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Research Output 2007 2018

digital media
media industry

Games Design Research through Game Design Practice

Hook, A. & Coulton, P. 20 Dec 2017 Game Design Research: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. Lankoski, P. & Holopainen, J. (eds.). Pittsburgh, p. 97 116 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access
Human computer interaction
Social sciences

The Game Did Not Take Place—This Is Not A Game and blurring the Lines of Fiction

Hook, A. 20 Apr 2017 Alternate Reality Games and the Cusp of Digital Gameplay. Garcia, A. & Niemeyer, G. (eds.). p. 00-00

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

A Transmedia Topology of 'Making a Murderer

Hook, A., Barrios-O'Neill, D. & Mairs Dyer, J. 31 Dec 2016 5, 10, p. 124-139

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Fun and Software Edited by Olga Goriunova

Hook, A. 21 Jul 2016 20, 12

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
critical theory
computer science


Best Use of Educational Technology / ICT Initiative of the Year

Adrian Hickey (Recipient), Helen Jackson (Recipient) & Alan Hook (Recipient), 19 Apr 2018

Prize: Honorary award