The Exertion Games Lab on the ABC1

The Exertion Games Lab is featured on tonight’s Catalyst program on the ABC1. Catalyst is a science program “that sees science as a dynamic force changing our world”, and will feature the Joggobot project. We are on Thursday, 24 May 8pm and Friday, 25 May 11am, Australian Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne).

  • Could your future jogging partner be a robot? Graham Phillips dons his trainers and hits the track with the help of a flying machine called Joggobot.–ABC1 website

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“Press Nose to Start” Open House celebrated Exertion Games

The Exertion Games Lab’s “Press Nose to Start” event drew a large crowd to celebrate Exertion Games and gave industry and academia a chance to interact to further the field of digital play. Alan and Harry gave great speeches on the future of digital play, and the students of the Radical Games class showcased their provocative game designs that were both novel and made a contribution to our understanding of games. The lab members showed their latest game projects, and used this opportunity to gather feedback from , but also inspired industry in terms of what the future of games should be. Lastly, we celebrated our 8 publications, 4 interactive demonstrations and 1 honourable mention at CHI 2012, and upcoming media coverage in The Age and on ABC1. We thank all our friends and family for supporting us during this time of long-hours and weekends in the lab!

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Press Nose to Start: Exertion Games Lab Open House

REMINDER:

7 PM – 10 PM // Monday // 21 May 2012
RMIT, 9.1.27

On Monday, the Exertion Games Lab is hosting a special get-together Open House event to celebrate 8 publications (including a Best Paper Honorable Mention) at the CHI conference in the USA and showcase some of our latest creations. Come play a collection of strange and wonderful digital games that focus on physical play!

Featuring both exciting new projects from the lab and games from the Radical Games class as well as international award-winning installations, these games will exert you while also confuse and delight the senses. Bring your friends and ready your noses. Everyone is welcome, pizza provided.
Special thanks to Alan Chatham and Harry Lee for organizing the evening.

Location:
RMIT, Building 9, Level 1, Room 27, Bowen Lane. http://exertiongameslab.org/about

Come along and play some games!

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CHI 2012: a big success for the Exertion Games Lab

Chad, Eberhard, Danielle and Floyd are back from CHI 2012 in Austin, Texas, the largest and premier conference in human-computer interaction. It was a big success for the Exertion Games Lab, with Chad exhibiting Hanging off a Bar, Danielle Light Arrays and hipDisk, and Eberhard Joggobot. Overall, we presented 8 publications from members of the lab. Chad was also offered a PhD place and a job with Microsoft, and Chad and Eberhard also won a game prize. We also held an Exertion Games Lab networking event, Danielle gave a great alt.chi talk, Danielle and Floyd were asked to co-chair Interactivity again next year and we received a Best Paper Honourable Mention for “Balancing Exertion Experiences“. Lastly, we presented our games work in a workshop on Future Game User Research, and promoted the lab to a lot of very smart and interesting people.

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Press Nose To Start

7 PM – 10 PM // Monday // 21 May 2012
RMIT, 9.1.27

Next Monday, the Exertion Games Lab is hosting a special get-together event to celebrate 8 publications at the CHI conference in the USA and showcase some of our latest creations. Come play a collection of strange and wonderful digital games that focus on physical play!

Featuring both exciting new projects from the lab and games from the Radical Games class as well as international award-winning installations, these games will exert you while also confuse and delight the senses. Bring your friends and ready your noses. Everyone is welcome, pizza provided.
Special thanks to Alan Chatham and Harry Lee for organizing the evening.

Location:
RMIT, Building 9, Level 1, Room 27, Bowen Lane. http://exertiongameslab.org/about

Come along and play some games!

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Paper editing session

We will be having another paper editing session:

Thursday, 26 April, 11.45-12.45 in the Exertion Games Lab.

We will be focusing on Related Work: if you have a Related Work section of one of your papers you would like to get feedback on, please print out ca. 6 copies, double-spaced, and bring them along. We will then edit each others’ papers, to make them even greater! Everyone welcome.

 

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“Once Upon A Spacetime” receives Independent Games Festival’s “Honorable Mention”

Kalonica Quigley and her team, who are currently working on a new health and safety game with Stefan Greuter in the Exertion Games Lab, received an “Honorable Mention” for their “Once Upon A Spacetime” PC/Mac game at the Independent Games Festival in San Francisco, USA:

‘2012 Independent Games Festival Announces Student Showcase Winners’
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Abstract editing session

We will be having another abstract editing session!

Wednesday, 11 April, 12.30-1.30 in the Exertion Games Lab.

If you have an abstract you’d like to get feedback on, please print out ca. 6 copies, double-spaced, and bring them along. We will then edit each others’ abstracts, to make them even greater! Everyone welcome.

 

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Reading Group: Douglas Wilson – “Now It’s Personal: On Abusive Game Design”

Games & Play Reading Group meets will now be held on Fridays 12:30-1:30pm every week.

 HOWEVER, since this Friday is Good Friday, RMIT will be closed. Only for this week we will be holding the meet on Thursday 12:30-1:30pm.
Please find below details for our upcoming meet:
Douglas Wilson – “Now It’s Personal: On Abusive Game Design” – FuturePlay 2010.
Date: Thursday 5th April, 12:30-1:30pm

Yummy vegetarian sandwiches from Pearson & Murphy’s provided.

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Reading Group

This week’s Reading Group takes place on Thursday, 29 March 2012, at a new time-slot: 12.30-1.30. Rhys will be leading the discussion on the CHI paper “Practical, Appropriate, Empirically-Validated Guidelines for Designing Educational Games”. Lunch provided. Email Rhys if you don’t have access to the paper.

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