Valve Studios has hired psychologists on the team for years to study players, their behavior and desires. At the moment, the studio is also looking for a specialist. This became known from the vacancies on the official website.
Previously, the studio conducted various experiments with the help of experts. For example, Valve studied how much sweat players put out and how horny they were. The company used research to improve its games.
The studio also created a special version of Portal 2 , in which players could control their eyes. As a result, it turned out that users move their eyes much faster than their hands.
Valve highlights the important role psychologists play in game development:
Valve psychologists contribute to a wide range of responsibilities within the company and are trusted to prioritize work in collaboration with their peers. We are looking for a specialist to help create a unique gaming experience.
The studio is probably currently working on the next project after the successful Half-Life: Alyx for VR systems.