News archive - September 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Games Institute HCI researchers redefining "Gamefulness" in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

The term "gamefulness" is used often in business, healthcare, and government as the goal of gamification but do we really know what it means? In fact, many disciplines have been using the term "gamefulness" interchangeably with "gamification" and "game thinking". We get away with it because there is no precise or consistent definition of "gamefulness" in the game studies literature.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GI Research Associate Gada Jane in the Waterloo Record

GI Research Associate Gada Jane is traveling to Estonia for a 10-week program at the Storytek accelerator and content creation hub. An article announcing her travels was published in the Waterloo Record.

Read the article here

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Brown Bag Talk: Jonathan Rodriguez on VR film making

"What I really do" - Jonathan Rodriguez

Games Institute alumnus Jonathan Rodriguez joined us September 21 to give a Brown Bag talk on working in the VR film industry. Rodriguez has been working at Felix & Paul studios, a VR film making start-up based in Montreal, since 2017. In this talk, Jonathan discussed his role as a software developer in a creative industry.

Monday, September 24, 2018

VR Storytelling Workshop with Gada Jane and SpiderWebShow Performance

Image captured by Michael Wheeler

Gada Jane, Research Associate at the GI, hosted a VR storytelling workshop in partnership with Michael Wheeler, Artistic Director at SpiderWebShow Performance. The two-day workshop took place Sept 14-15.

Jane and Wheeler invited playwrights and actors from the GTA and KW regions to learn about VR and develop strategies for using the medium to tell stories. Participants entered the workshop with little-to-no experience with VR and by the time they left they had produced their own VR performance.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert Gauthier gives a GRADTalk on Social Networks

GI resident Robert Gauthier will be giving a GRADtalk about social networks on September 27 in Needles Hall. Robert is a PhD candidate for Public Health and Health Systems. His research contributes to the fields of HCI and public health because he investigates how online communities support sensitive issues such as addiction

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