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Newsletter Game Research

Message from the board

Dear reader,

We are proud that the Utrecht Center for Game Research has been granted another four years of financial support from the board of the university. This gives us the opportunity to strengthen the cooperation of the game research in Utrecht University even further.

Thanks to the many researchers involved, we can look back at three successful symposia where we got valuable input for our Center’s future strategy. We see great opportunities to share our knowledge of gaming with partners from both within and outside of our university. The Utrecht Center for Game Research is already a center of expertise that is valued by many external partners and we would like to expand this bundling of knowledge and ideas.

If you have any Game Research-related information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Best regards,
Joost Raessens and Remco Veltkamp, executive board Game Research

Spelend meisje met stoepkrijt  
Game research in collaboration:
Healthy play, better coping

The Utrecht Center for Game research shares its expertise with research partners from both inside and outside Utrecht University. In this newsletter we would like to put collaboration within the project Healthy play, better coping in the spotlight. In this project approximately 20 researchers create a game that facilitates chronically ill children in playing with others.
From Game Research Heidi Lesscher, Sanne Nijhof, Stefan van Geelen, Ronald Poppe and Remco Veltkamp and others are members of the interdisciplinary project group.
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Organisational update

To further focus the research of the Utrecht Center for Game Research, three domains have been formed in the organisation. The domains and their directors are: Games for Learning (Prof. Liesbeth Kester), Games for Health (Dr. Tanja Nijboer) and Games for Change (Prof. Joost Raessens). Furthermore, Game Research is involved in four of the Utrecht University hubs:
Child Expertise Center, Future Food Utrecht, Water, Climate & Future Deltas and Utrecht Exposome.

  Joost Raessens

Sabbatical in New York City

Professor Joost Raessens temporally moved to New York City for his research sabbatical. In this newsletter he reflects on his experiences and new ideas.

At the end of August 2017, I moved to New York City with my family for a research sabbatical at the NYU Game Center and CUNY (Queens College, Media Studies). Finally time for research and extending my network...
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Game Research Summer schools

(PhD) students and industry professionals are invited to attend the Summer school courses organised by the Utrecht Center for Game Research. The programme provides a multidisciplinary perspective on games and play in contemporary culture, combining current research trajectories in game analysis and design with insights into the socially transformative potential of applied games in particular. More information on the courses:
Game design and development and Multidisciplinary game research

Shaping the Future for Serious Games  
Serious Games Society

During the latest general assembly of the Serious Games Society, Remco Veltkamp was elected as member of the executive board.
As of February 2018, the Serious Games Society (SGS) is led by the SGS president Francesco Bellotti (University of Genova) and the board members Remco Veltkamp (Utrecht University), Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge (KTH Royal Institute of Technology & BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH), and Manuel Ninaus (Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien - IWM).

Game Research in the media

From the power of serious gaming to saving energy with games: our game researchers are regularly asked for their opinion by the media.

Check out all media appearances on our website.

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