Best thesis award to Eevi Korhonen's "Evaluating usability of games"

The winner of "The best thesis at Tampere University of Applied Sciences" was announced yesterday at TAMK's Graduation Ceremony. The 1000€ went to Eevi Korhonen's "Evaluating Usability of Games: A Study of Four Facebook Games Using Heuristic Evaluation".

Eevi presenting her Thesis in Berlin

The jury statement: "In her final thesis Eevi Korhonen applied one of the most common usability study methods - heuristic evaluation - to game research in an original, innovative and logical way. She has used wide ranging source material very well and the thesis is of interest to anyone working in the game industry."

Eevi was the first student to finalise and present a Final Thesis work in the international Degree Programme in Media which started in 2009.

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Eevi presenting her thesis in Berlin

Also Honorary Mention in the National Game Thesis Award

The first ever Finnish Game Industry Thesis Award went to the Master's Thesis by Gabriela Rodríguez (Turku University) "Learning in Digital Games: A Case Study of a World of Warcraft Guild".
In addition one honorary mention was given - to Eevi's work. The jury considered that Eevi Korhonen's Thesis was best of all works participating in the competition in highlighting the topical research needs met in the everyday life of the current game industry. "The Thesis, exceptionally extensive to be a university of applied sciences Thesis, expresses genuine enthusiasm for the topic and the game industry over all".

The Game Industry Thesis Award is arranged by DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) Finland and Neogames, the hub of the Finnish Game Industry.

Degree Programme in Media
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