Michael John Saiger

Michael is a designer and researcher who is investigating how video games can be used as treatments for fear-based disorders (e.g. phobias) with young people. Michael also works as an independent QA consultant, working across both games and web development on projects associated with Mattel, BBC and Drinkaware etc. Michael graduated with a MPhil in Digital Health and Wellbeing from the University of Strathclyde and a BA (Hons) Game Design and Production Management from the Abertay University. Michael has previously showcased his research on games for mild cognitive impairments at Games4Change conference 2019.

Specifically, his PhD concerns guidance on how to design therapy games involving stakeholders. The main contributions of Michael’s work are delivering how to incorporate therapy techniques with game design principles, guidance on stakeholder involvement and understanding stakeholder acceptance of games for therapy.

Outside of his research, Michael is also interested in research around game design, retention, player behaviour, user experience and quality assurance practice.