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.


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.

RMIT, Building 9, Level 1, Room 27, Bowen Lane.

Come along and play some games!


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.



“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’

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.



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.


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.


Lunch Talk: 10 Tips on How (Not) to Write a Paper

On Wednesday (4-Apr-2012) Wouter from our lab will be giving a little talk about his learnings from writing a full paper with very little training in paper writing.

Feel free to bring your own sandwich, sushi roll or lunch salad. (Good) coffee + tea will be provided. Also feel free to bring in personal questions and challenges around paper writing that you’d like to discuss.

The facts:
Where: Building 9, Level 1, Room 27/32, RMIT City Campus
When: Wednesday, 4-Apr-2012, 1pm–2pm

Chad interviewed

Chad gave a great interview today about the lab and his work on Exertion Games on public transport in response to Get Active month, you can read all about it here.


Danielle received two awards today

Danielle from the Exertion Games Lab has been awarded a grant from the Copyright Agency Career Fund to attend CHI in Austin, Texas in May and her Doctoral Thesis, Swing That Thing : moving to move. The poetics of embodied engagement, has been awarded the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Mollie Holman Medal for best doctoral thesis. Congratulations!


Publications at CHI

The CHI 2012 notification emails are out.
We are happy to announce that the following 8 papers came from authors from the Exertion Games Lab.

ABC’s Catalyst TV crew shooting the Joggobot

Today the ABC’s Catalyst TV crew visited the Exertion Games Lab to shoot video footage of Joggobot, the flying robot that is a social companion for joggers.

Catalyst is a program that sees science as a dynamic force changing our world.” They were very engaged, and spent the entire day in the lab, shooting footage of how we developed the idea of Joggobot, people’s perceptions of the Joggobot on a running track (see picture) and tested it themselves in our gym.

Unfortunately Eberhard, the main creator behind Joggobot could not have been there, but we highlighted him many times!



New poster for the lab

The Exertion Games Lab has a new poster! Thanks to Jonathan Marques and Tim Jeffs, who did a wonderful job. Josh, Chad and Harry already used it to display the many projects at the last conference they exhibited at.

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