Week of the Game: retrogames and scientific lectures

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Experience the field of game research and industry in its entire width! In the week from 27 to 31 January, the Utrecht Center for Game Research organizes various game-related activities, from retrogames to scientific lectures.


All activities are open to anyone, without fee or registration (unless otherwise indicated).

Monday 27 January

13.15-15.00: Game and Media Technology colloquiumGrote Zaal, Muntstraat 2a

  • Evert Hoogendoorn (IJsfontein, Amsterdam): The theory behind the power of play.
  • Jan-Willem Huisman (IJsfontein, Amsterdam): The power of play in action

Tuesday 28 January

14.00-16.00: Launching new initiatives  - restaurant Minnaert Building

Launch of the UU game development studio 253Games

Introducing the Special Interest Groups:

  • Games for Skills Training
  • Healthy Play, Better Coping
  • Playful Cities
  • 'Thinking Though' Games and Play
  • Multisensory Mixed Reality Games
  • Games for Behavior Change
  • Games for Sustainability
  • Games Literacy in a Ludified Culture
  • Games and VR for Inclusion

Wednesday 29 January

13.15-15.00 Classic Games, New TechnologiesHall Minaert Building, Leuvenlaan 4
12 teams of students present and demo their re-designed and developed classic games with new style and technologies

15.15-16.00 Closing ceremony with public award ceremony

Organized by SAGANET and HU:

9.30- 16.30: Gamedidactiek 'enter the playground...' – Marinus Ruppert Building, Leuvelaan 21 (requires regstiration and fee)

Thursday 30 January

12.00-13.00 Lunch meeting: Introduction to Gamification and Game Based Learning (for UU/UMCU employees only) More information

14.30-17.00 Game Software Project presentations
5 teams of students present the games the games they developed for (external) clients
Zaal Pangea, Victor Koningsbergergebouw, Budapestlaan 4a-b

  • 14:30: Welcome and introduction
  • 14:45: Project: Out-of-control op het spoor: wat nu?
  • 15:05: Project: Play local2Local
  • 15:25: Break
  • 15:45: Project: A geo-located city application
  • 16:05: Project: 3D-Game Gym AI Test Agents
  • 16:25: Project: Virtual teaching assistants
  • 16:45: Closing

Friday 31 January

13.00-17.00: Retro Games and Social EventDownstairs hall of Koningsberger building
AwesomeSpace will set up the hall of the Koningsberger building as a real retro-gamespace. Here you can play famous and unknown retro classics on old game computers! From 16.00, student association Sticky offers drinks at the retro-gamespace.

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