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  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20072018
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Biography

Alan Hook joined the Ulster University in 2009.He has formally taught on the BSc in Computer Video Games, MA in Creative Technology and MSc in Creative Games at within the School of Media, Music and Performance at The University of Salford.Alan has degrees in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the University of Leeds and a MA with distinction in Creative Technologies from The University of Salford. Although Alan's current practice focuses on emerging forms of play and media he has previously engaged in a number of physical computing projects such as The Theremin Suit: A Prototype for Augmented Proprioception (2009), and Futile Automata: Co-Ordinate Plotter (mk1) (2007).Alan is Course Director of the Interactive Media Arts program and his teaching focuses on new modes of consumption, playful mediated experiences, spreadable media and social networks.Research fieldsAlan's research is primarily practice lead and focuses on new and emerging digital media, specifically Pervasive and Alternate Reality Gaming.His research gravitates towards a praxis driven investigation into games and play, with an interest in Alternate Reality Games and Learning.His main research interests revolve around Play as a form of media interaction and mode of audience engagement.Current researchAlan Hook, Centre For Media Research Institute, talks about his research into how playing games can be used to help expose audiences to complex problems or ideas.

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Research Output 2007 2018

digital media
curriculum
Teaching
learning
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
File
Human computer interaction
Social sciences
Lenses

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
File
Murderers
Topology
Creator
Gaming
Textuality

Fun and Software Edited by Olga Goriunova

Hook, A. 21 Jul 2016 20, 12

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
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critical theory
computer science
pain
programming
art