Research FAQs

A lot of time, effort, and expertise goes into collecting quality data and it essentially what researchers build their careers on. As such we aren't in a position to give it to anyone who sends us an email. Key results will always find their way into peer reviewed papers or onto this web site and we welcome research synergies. Under certain circumstances data may be made available on a commercial basis.

Usually this question means, "Do you have funding for me to do a PhD?" Sadly, Digiplay doesn't have money to support research students and where our host institutions do, announcements are made on the Digiplay list. However, where applicable, we are happy to support quality applications for funding (for example to the ESRC for UK nationals) for people wanting to study at CRIC and UCLAN.

The Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA). DiGRA is the association for academics and professionals who research digital games and associated phenomena. It encourages high-quality research on games, and promotes collaboration and dissemination of work by its members.

The best place to look for current data are the trade associations such as ELSPA, ESA, or SELL. A range of companies also produce specialised market research data which is available commercially. See for example:

The Digiplay bibliography of game research on this site offers a good starting point for you to get answers to this question. For current research in progress or info on unpublished material then an email to the Digiplay discussion list will probably turn up some useful leads.

Sorry, no. Even if we had the resources, photocopying other people's work and distributing it would be copyright infringement and so illegal.

A list of some UK games courses is available of the DigiPlay site. However, The definitive list of university courses in the UK can be found on the UCAS web site . Try searching the UCAS database for 'games courses', 'interactive media' or 'animation'.

Try as we might we don't have time to give detailed answers to every request of this nature we get and depending on your research topic we aren't necessarily the best people to ask. We recommend you join the Digiplay discussion list and make use of the collective knowledge there. Of course, your best bet is to make sure you get the support you need within your host institution.

The options for studying digital games at degree and postgraduate level are constantly increasing and widening. We've collected a list of some of the options available. In the UK the definitive list of university courses can be found on the UCAS website. Try searching the UCAS database for 'games courses', 'interactive media' or 'animation'.

Digiplay is currently developing a new version of it games research bibliography. It is development of the original Digiplay Initiative games research bibliography The key planned differences in this bibliography will be:

  • More up to date;
  • Wider range of references including conference proceedings and online articles;
  • Improved filter tools;
  • Abstracts for references can be added;