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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Transformative Play Initiative Seminar 2022: Program and Registration
Registration is now live and the programme is available for the in-person and online tracks for the Transformative Play Initiative 2022!
Where: Cramérgatan 3, Room B51, 621 57, Visby, Sweden
When: October 20-21, 2022
Transformative Play Initiative Roundtable -- Spring 2022
Join us for our next roundtable in the Transformative Play Initiative Event Series, this time with Lauri Lukka, John Stavropoulos, Elektra Diakolambrianou, Yeonsoo Julian Kim, and Katrin Geneuss!
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 pm CEST (Central European Summer Time).
Where: Online on Zoom
Event: Town Hall / Spring 2022
Announcing our second Town Hall Meeting in the Transformative Play Initiative Event Series! Town Halls feature lightning talks from experts in the field to spark conversation, as well as group discussions among community members interested in the use of analog role-playing games as vehicles for lasting personal and social change. We welcome you to share experiences, brainstorm ideas, and network at this game design think tank.When: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 7 – 9:00 PM CEST
Where: Online on Zoom