Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii
Publisher: MTV Games, Electronic Arts
Created by the team behind the first two Guitar Hero titles, Rock Band included options for drums and vocals, allowing a group of players to play together as a complete band.
Rock Band was my first gig in video games. My experience running Linux usability studies landed me in Harmonix's fledgling user research department, where I went from watching one person argue with a desktop OS about email, to watching four people argue with each other about Metallica.
My main function was to relieve the handful of developers who had been running ad-hoc playtests whenever they could, and help better organize the process. Our primary goals were to survive crunch, ensure that songs were introduced to the player in order of difficulty, and to stress-test the new guitar, drum, and microphone hardware before launch.
My contributions included...
Typical design questions