Our research is focused on the merging of play and the active human body, drawing from research streams such as interaction design, human-computer interaction and games research. The culture in the Exertion Games Lab is one of interdisciplinary work.
At the Exertion Games Lab, we do not just philosophize and write about the future, we actively invent it. We emphasize the development of working prototypes in order to fully understand what play is, why we play, and how we will play in the future. We do this because we believe playing and gaming is a fundamental part of what makes us humans who we are, and an understanding of this brings us closer to our vision of a better world filled with interactive technologies that support human values.
Can you tell me more about the Exertion Games Lab?
The Exertion Games Lab is a research lab within the Centre for Game Design Research at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
The Exertion Games Lab invents the future of gaming in order to understand how to design better interactive experiences, in particular games that require intense physical effort from players. The research is particularly focused on the merging of “play” and the human “body”, drawing from research streams such as embodied interaction, interaction design, human-computer interaction and games research.
Inspired by the culture of the MIT Media Lab, the Exertion Games Lab is an interdisciplinary work environment full of creative scientists, designers, artists and engineers from all over the world.
The Exertion Games Lab is headed by Dr. Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and a previous Fulbright fellow at Stanford University. This research builds upon the work on Exertion Interfaces by Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller.
What does the Exertion Games Lab offer to students?
The Exertion Games Lab offers supervision for a wide range of degrees, please see the Engage page.
What does the Exertion Games Lab offer to industry and non-profit organizations outside university?
We engage in contract and collaborative research projects. We also offer tailored workshops and seminars to organizations looking for insight into new gaming innovations and foresight of future technology and media trends. Contact us to open a dialogue on how we can help your organization transform itself for a future of play.
How do I get in contact with the Exertion Games Lab?
exertiongameslab at rmit dot edu dot au
+61 3 99252594
The Exertion Games Lab is located in the heart of the city of Melbourne, Australia, within the RMIT city campus.
Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller c/o
Exertion Games Lab
School of Media and Communication
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne VIC 3001
The Lab’s address:
Exertion Games Lab
Design Hub Building 100
Cnr of Swanston Street and Victoria Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000