Welcome to the Games Institute
The Games Institute (GI) is a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Waterloo focused on the study of games, gamification, interactive technologies and immersive environments (AR/VR).
The future of games will rely on new technologies and new ways of interacting with those technologies, but it will also rely heavily on psychological and sociological understandings of what we do when we play, on stories and narratives that reach far beyond what today’s games offer, and on extensive work in a wide range of fields, from health to education, into how games can guide us, change us, and help us.
- May 14, 2020
Join us online on May 19th to support the UW Touchlab and HCI Games Group at their mini CHI event, WatCHI 2020
Due to CHI 2020's cancelation - one of the biggest Human-Computer Interaction conferences of the year - the HCI research groups at the GI and Waterloo have taken it upon themselves to host a virtual event.
- May 11, 2020GI faculty member Morgan McGuire, Adjunct Professor for the Cheriton School of Computer Science, shares "Across the Lake" - a 2D infinite runner game described as:
A cozy, chill game about a stone skipping across a lake.
- May 5, 2020
Kristina Llewellyn, GI faculty member and Social Development Studies professor, was featured by Waterloo Stories in a Question and Answer article about issues surrounding equity in education as schools transition online during COVID-19.
The article shows Llewellyn responding to questions about the impact of physical distancing for different students and teachers, as well as parent concerns about grading.
- May 22, 2020
Dr. Shana MacDonald, Communication Arts professor and SSHRC-funded intersectional feminist media researcher, gave a talk as part of the “COVID-19: Ask our Experts” lecture series, hosted by the University of Waterloo. The focus of MacDonald’s talk revolved around social media during the pandemic: how are people using social media to combat loneliness? how is news traveling? and how can we make the internet a more positive place for people?
- Feb. 25, 2020
“I wasn’t really planning any game in particular,” says Oliver Schneider, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Sciences, “I just knew I wanted to check out the Game Jam since I’ve seen how important it is to the GI culture".
- Feb. 19, 2020