Welcome to the Games & Society Lab
At the Games & Society Lab, our students and faculty are dedicated to the research and development of playful, interactive experiences. The aim is to advance our understanding of games as media and push the boundaries of what games can be.
The Games & Society Lab is a research hub at the Department of Game Design at Uppsala University Campus Gotland. Our researchers investigate how games impact the lives of designers, players, communities, and the broader society at large. We view games not as distinct from the “real world,” but as valid and meaningful experiences. Our research explores games as part of larger psychological, social, and cultural systems within which players operate.
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Research at the Games & Society Lab
Our work focuses on three overall categories of research. These categories are often interdependent, mixing and overlapping with one another.
Psychology of play,
Cultures of play, and
Our students and faculty come from all parts of the world and bring together a broad range of design and research interests. We study a wide variety of digital and analog games. Some examples include virtual, text-based, tabletop, board, live action role-playing (larp), and freeform games. The lab focuses on games in a variety of contexts. We study games taking place for their own sake, such as in leisure settings. We also investigate games designed for specific purposes, such as educational and therapeutic environments.
Students and faculty work together in the lab sharing their varied cultural backgrounds and expertise. We regularly cultivate collaborations with outside academics, researchers, developers, and industry leaders. The lab also hosts guest lectures, workshops, and roundtable discussions from international experts in the field.
News From The Games & Society Lab
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Lecture: "Playing with Perspective: Metareflection and Immersion in Embodied Role-playing” by Hilda Levin
Join us for our next lecture in the Transformative Play Initiative Event Series: "Playing with Perspective: Metareflection and Immersion in Embodied Role-playing” by Hilda Levin!
- When: Tuesday, February 21, 7-8:30PM Central European Summer Time (CEST)
- Where: Online on Zoom
Event: "Forgotten Gems: Early Role-playing Game Theory" by J. Tuomas Harviainen
Join us for our next lecture in the Transformative Play Initiative Event Series: "Forgotten Gems: Early Role-playing Game Theory” by J. Tuomas Harviainen!
When: Tuesday, January 24, 7-8:30pm Central European Time (CET)
Where: Online on Zoom
Event: Restorying Trans Game Studies: Playing with Memory, Fiction, and Magic for Transformative Identity WorkJoin us for our next lecture in the Transformative Play Initiative Event Series: “Restorying Trans Game Studies: Playing with Memory, Fiction, and Magic for Transformative Identity Work" by Theresa Jean Tanenbaum!
- When: November 29, 2022, 7-8:30pm
- Where: Online on Zoom