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Friday, October 28, 2016 — 5:30 PM to Sunday, October 30, 2016 — 7:00 PM EDT
GI Jam Poster, events October 22nd and the weekend of the 28th

This event is an opportunity to make games, explore new game ideas, and interact with fellow game-lovers in an exciting and relaxed environment. Learn something, teach something, make something, and play something!

Friday, April 15, 2016 — 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
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UW International Game Development Association (IGDA) & The Games Institute is hosting a board games night on April 15th!

Dr. Lennart E. Nacke's class will be presenting boardgame designs with fully playable prototypes. Combine this with the boardgame collection available at The Games Institute and pizza - that's an unbeatable combo.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 — 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST
GI-IGDA Poster

The Games Institute, UW International Game Development Association (IGDA), and UW Game Development Club invites you to the GI Showcase on March 10th!

This event is open to anyone with interests in gaming culture and community or who would like to learn more about it.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 — 12:00 PM EST
GI Brown Bag Logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on February 25th, 2015. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Diane Watson

Title: How sandbox games can be leveraged for serious purposes through their support for freedom of expression and creativity.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Christmas Games Institute Graphic

The holiday season is fast approaching, and we want to celebrate it with all of you! The Games Institute is hosting a GI member potluck on Wednesday, December 14th from 12pm-2pm. Please bring a food item and/or holiday treat to share with the other members at this potluck.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on December 8th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Eric Ocelewski

Title: VR Live Tutorial Session at The Games Institute

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 — 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on November 29th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Anders Carlsson

Title: What can 8-bit music teach us about the future?

Thursday, November 24, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on November 24th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Dr. David B. Nieborg

Title: Crushed by Candy: The political economy of free-to-play

Thursday, November 17, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on November 17th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Andrew Kope

Title: Sounds cool, but will it make money? Success Factors in Free-to-Play Games

Friday, November 11, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Elizabeth Losh promotional image for upcoming fireside chat
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 — 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Brianna Wu promotional image

Brianna Wu became one of the most high-profile women in the tech industry after standing up to Gamergate, a hate group targeting advocates for inclusion in the game industry. In this talk, she discusses how tech became so hostile to women and how we can fix it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 — 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
Brianna Wu headshot

Brianna Wu is head of development at Giant Spacekat, a leading game development team in the industry with female leadership. She is also well-known for her public speaking on issues faced by women in tech. She rose to be one of the most prominent women in game development in 2014 after being subjected to threats on her life from Gamergate.

Monday, October 31, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Playful Thinking Poster Image

Join this panel of experts as they discuss the social, political, cultural, and pedagogical role of games and play in the 21st century. Topics include studying, creating, and critiquing games and the importance of play in developing critical thinking and digital literacy skills.

Watch the livestream at Oct. 31st 12pm-1pm @ immerse.network/medialiteracy2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016 — 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
Game Jam Poster, events happening October 22nd and the weekend of the 28th

Join the Game Institute, UW Game Developer's Club, and Waterloo IGDA for a sister event to our Fall Game Jam (eventbrite here).

Thursday, September 29, 2016 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
GI Logo

The Games Institute invites all graduate students interested in games research to The Games Institute Open House on Thursday, September 29th!

This event is open to University of Waterloo graduate students (and their supervisors) with a research interest in games and games-related technology, interactions and implications. Come see our research facilities, learn about our work, and get to know the other grad students and faculty members involved in The Games Institute.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on Thursday, September 29th, 2016. The event will be hosted in EC-5, room 1111 and this event is open to all members of the University of Waterloo and community. 

Presenter: Director of The Games Institute, Neil Randall

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on June 29th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Nicholas Hobin, a member of The Games Institute and an avid gamer

Thursday, May 26, 2016 — 12:00 PM EDT
Small Games Institute Brown Bag logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on May 26th, 2016. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Jonathan Semple, a member of The Games Institute and a game designer

Thursday, May 5, 2016 — 12:00 PM EDT
GI Brown Bag Logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on May 5th, 2015. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Bill Kapralos, from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Game Development and Entrepreneurship program

Title: Serious Games for Medical Education and Training

Friday, April 8, 2016 — 1:00 PM EDT
GI Brown Bag Logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on April 8th, 2015. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Dr. Mirza-Babaei, User Research Director at Execution Labs (Montreal) and an Assistant Professor at UOIT

Title: Games User Research for Independent Developers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 — 10:00 AM EDT
Prof. Kishonna Gray

Professor Kishonna Gray is an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies and Director of the Critical Gaming Lab at Eastern Kentucky University.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — 3:30 PM EDT
Prof. Kishonna Gray

Professor Kishonna Gray is an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies and Director of the Critical Gaming Lab at Eastern Kentucky University.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 — 12:00 PM EST
GI Brown Bag Logo

The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on January 28th, 2015. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo. 

Presenter: Melanie Buset

Title: Deciphering Reality in a Virtual World

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