Consent Document: Bulge Lab (Playtesting)
Purpose:
Bulge Lab is an Alternate Reality Game about masculinity, body image and viruses. Through play-testing sessions, the researcher wants to understand how participants respond to the prototype of this game so that he can iterate upon the game and prepare it for final release. The researcher is trying to see if he has established a proper narrative to comment on social stigmas among gay men. Data from this study will be published in Postmortem reports about the game.

What you will do in this study:
If you choose to participate, after giving consent, you will be given a link to the start of the game. You will then play through the game via an online browser. Following the game, you will be surveyed about your experience playing the game. You may access the survey following the link on this form. You may choose to stop playing the game or leave the survey at any time. Following your playtime, you will return to the form to fill out the survey about your gaming experience and a few questions about your gender identity and sexuality. You will not have to fill out any personal information or any information that will reveal your identity.

Time:
The game should take 20 minutes and the survey should take 10 minutes.

Voluntary participation:
Your participation in the study is completely voluntary.

Right to withdraw from the study:
You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty. Because your name and contact information will not be recorded, your participation in this study is confidential.

Benefits:
There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this research study. These play-tests will provide insight into how the game structures and moderate grieving practices that will help influence future iterations of the design. Upon
completion, the game provides a vehicle to talk about social stigmas targeting gay people. We are hoping to provide a
tool for navigating these discussions in positive ways. Data collected from this project may appear in publications and postmortems about the game.

Risks:
Any risk associated with the game is emotional. Within the game, there may be plot lines that bring up emotions from your experience(s). You do not have to complete the testing session should you feel too uncomfortable. Should you have negative thoughts or emotions, please contact: National Suicide Hotlines USA (SuicideHotlines.com) Toll free/24 hours a day/7 days a week: 1 (800) SUICIDE or 1 (800) 784-2433 | 1 (800) 273-TALK or 1 (800) 273-8255 | 1 (800) 888-784-2433 | 1 (800) Suicida or 1 (877) 784-2432 (Spanish).

Confidentiality:
The information collected during this research project will be stored on a protected Google Drive. Your name and any information that may be used to identify you will not be collected (you will not be asked for your email, phone number, etc.).

Questions:
If you have any questions or comments regarding this research, please contact Michael DeAnda in the Department of Humanities (mdeanda@hawk.iit.edu). Should you have questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research or wish to report an adverse event during your participation, please contact the project supervisor Matt Bauer (bauerma@iit.edu).

Illinois Institute of Technology is not responsible for any injuries or medical conditions research participants may suffer during the time of the research study unless those injuries or medical conditions are due to IIT’s negligence. Questions and complaints can be addressed to the Executive Officer of Illinois Tech Institutional Review Board at (312)567-7141.

I have read the information given above and have received a copy of this form. I understand that my participation is completely voluntary, and that I may terminate my participation at any time. I am at least 18 years old. I hereby give my consent to participate in this research. *
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