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.

- Dr. Neil Randall, Director of the Games Institute

  1. Dec. 17, 2019Jessica Thompson receives an ERA to advance research in sound mapping of urban environments

    Jessica Thompson, researcher in Fine Arts and faculty member of the Stratford School and the Games Institute, received an Early Researcher Award (ERA). Provided by the provincial government, an ERA funds researchers and allows them to establish a research team.

  2. Dec. 11, 2019Marcel O'Gorman talks posthumanism on social media ethics panel
    Marcel on Panel
    Professor Marcel O'Gorman, GI faculty member and Director of the Critical Media Lab (CML), was a panelist in the final instalment of the 2019 Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society, "Team Human: It's time to remake society together as the team we are", hosted by the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
     
    The event opened with a talk by Douglas Rushkoff an
  3. Dec. 4, 2019Dr. Neil Randall reappointed to serve as GI Executive Director for another five-year term

    It is our great pleasure to formally announce that Dr. Neil Randall has been reappointed to serve as GI Executive Director for another five-year term.

    Neil’s reappointment follows a period of exciting changes at the GI which has seen an Arts-based centre graduate to one of eight university-level multidisciplinary centres and institutes.

    To start his new term, Neil (along with the rest of our members) will be busy with GI’s five-year review and renewal by the Senate coming up in 2020.

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  1. Jan. 28, 2020Guest Lecture: Classical Studies and Video Games with Prof. Craig Hardiman

    Veni, Vidi, Vici... Domino Pugnam: Classical Studies and Video Games

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  1. Jan. 17, 2020Reflections from an interdisciplinary collision conversation

    NB: This blog article was written by Grace VanDam who worked here as our wonderful Operations Assistant from September-December, 2019

  2. Dec. 18, 2019The story behind the Games Institute Podcast

    As the Research Communications Officer for the Games Institute, I tell stories about our research for interdisciplinary and non-academic audiences. I often meet with researchers and conduct semi-structured interviews with them so that I can learn enough about what they’re doing in order to write articles about their work. In these articles I can be flexible with how I communicate the research and employ knowledge translation strategies so they can be understood by many.

  3. Nov. 25, 2019Spotlight on Dr. Jason Lajoie's PhD research, "Technologies of Identity: A Queer Media Archaeology"

    Dr. Jason Lajoie, GI member and Researcher at the Critical Media Lab, successfully defended his PhD dissertation November 20th, 2019. His research investigated the ways that media and technologies construct queer identities, and how queer uses of media and technologies contribute to ways of experiencing and expressing queer.

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Game Jam Fall 2016 logoA thrice-annual, multi-day event hosted by The Games Institute (GI). Each of the events are open to the public and are designed to appeal to a wide variety of playful people.


Game Dev Club

controller imageEvery Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm at the GI.

This is your opportunity to meet and collaborate with local game developers in a casual atmosphere.

Show off your latest projects, receive valuable play-testing feedback from like-minded peers, learn new tools and techniques, and network with potential collaborators.

Meet our people

Dr. Neil Randall

Neil Randall

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature

Executive Director of The Games Institute

In addition to directing The Games Institute, Neil Randall has also earned large grants for The Interactive and Multi-Modal Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) and the Waterloo Game Analysis and Monitoring Environment (WatGAME). He is the Faculty Advisor to the Games Institute's First Person Scholar

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