NML (Fall 2022) Lecture, Featuring Frans Mäyrä

October 8th, 2020, from 12:00 - 1:00: Watch it here!

The University of Tampere Game Research Lab has focused on studying some of the key emerging game and play forms over the last two decades, such as location-based mobile multiplayer gaming, pervasive play, games with digital distribution and micropayments, social network games, and hybrid playful designs. Much of this work has been based on a combination of humanities, social sciences, and design research work to build bridges between theoretical and foundational research and applied for future-oriented work.

In this short talk, Professor Mäyrä will discuss his experiences with combinations of academic and creative work, focusing on the differences of studying games vs. play, and will then move to outline the history, potential, and need of theory for what he calls pervasive culture of play.

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Appearance on WUNC's "The State of Things" -- Director of the Networked Mobilities Lab, Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva

February 13, 2020: Listen to the episode on WUNC's website!

Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva (director of the NML) appeared as a recent guest on WUNC's "The State of Things" radio show and podcast, titled "Embodied: How Online Gaming Creates Real-Life Love".

During this episode, Dr. de Souza e Silva discussed how early location-based mobile games created hybrid spaces--that is, a space that merges the boundaries between the digital and physical world. Additionally, she discussed more recent mobile games and their potential to encourage sociability, promote bonding, and deepen our relationship with the world around us.