Game Research

Utrecht Center for Game Research

Games play an increasingly important role in many societal areas by allowing users to practice, play, experiment, research, and learn in a safe and motivating environment.

The Utrecht Center for Game Research performs interdisciplinary research on serious gaming and playful interaction with a focus on the following domains:

  • Games for Learning
  • Games for Health
  • Games for Change 

It is our mission to employ games to help solving large societal challenges. Games are pre-eminently suitable to inform, motivate, appeal to emotion, and influence behavior. Games do that better than other types of media. 



17 February 2017 meeting on Games for Change
16 February 2017
Symposium Ecogames: Game Research meets Sustainability
"Sara" or "the virtual human", one of the 2015 seed money projects
15 February 2017
In October 2015 the focus area Game Research awarded its first seed money grants to 10 interdisciplinary teams. The results turned out to be very diverse.


9 March 2017 14:30 - 18:00
The six awarded Game Research seed money proposals (2016) will present themselves to each other and the public
1 April 2017 13:00 - 14:30
This year's University Day (the 1st of april), Game Research will be there to talk about "creating a game experience".

Game Research