Diego Saldivar

Noroff University College

Neurogames Developer | Interactive Media Assistant Professor

I am a digital artist and a game design scholar with a passion for virtual experiences and classical aesthetics. I have over a decade of practice producing indy content for online games with real economies, such as Entropia Universe and Second Life. I have also worked in Virtual Reality projects for cognitive rehabilitation and biopsychological research. I am currently concentrating my efforts on developing neurogames that are compliant with neurorights principles.

Research Interests:

  • Neurogames

  • Games for Mental health

  • Ludonarrative Harmony

  • Minority Representation in Games


M.A. in Game Development and Research ( 2017 - 2019 )
Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany

B.A. in Animation and Digital Arts ( 2010 - 2014 )
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Baccalauréat in Economic and Social Sciences ( 2005 - 2009 )
Lycée Franco-Mexicai, Mexico

Research Experience

Academic Researcher (Neurogame Design) ( 2020 - present )
Noroff University College, Norway

Biopsychology Research Assistant (VR Level Design) ( 2018 - 2019 )
Universität zu Köln, Germany

Teaching Experience

Interactive Media Assistant Professor ( 2020 - present )
Noroff University College, Norway

Cultural and Academic Consultant ( 2019 - present )

Invited Master's Lecturer ( 2019 - 2020 )
Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany

Computer Science Teacher ( 2015 - 2016 )
Atid School, Mexico



[ Article ] Cyberpunk 2077: A Case Study of Ludonarrative Harmonies (coming soon)
Diego Saldivar
The Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds


[ Book Chapter ] Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Game Mechanics in Teaching the Game, Vol. 1.
Diego Saldivar, Filipe Pais
Teaching the Game: An interdisciplinary collection of game course syllabi


[ Master Thesis ] Design Guidelines for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Game Mechanic
Diego Saldivar
Technische Hochschule Köln



Neurogames are Nigh: A Question of User Privacy and Safety
Diego Saldivar
Technically Games


Neurogames are Nigh

Talk for the Technically Games conference in Australia, Nov 2020.

Biopsychology VR Level

Virtual environment created to reproduce biopsychological tests on gambling addicts.
Level design done during my research assistantship et Universität zu Köln, Germany.

PM Talk EP6 : Neuralink!

Podcast interview with PM Talk, Episode 6: Neuralink! Is it even possible?
Spoiler: Yes, it is possible, but not viable as a neurogaming device in the near future.