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About us


Mission Statement

At GAP we do not limit ourselves to games and their surrounding culture as such, but also want to view games and play from the larger viewpoint of cultural transformation. We are witnessing a “ludification of culture” in which our (social) identities have become progressively more playful. Games and playing increasingly saturate other cultural practices, both in terms of content and use. Playful and gaming perspectives can be found everywhere from traditional media like film and television to new media like mobile technologies and social network sites, as well as in the growing emphasis of learning through games. These cultural and medial changes form the focal points of our research.

We believe that such developments call for a re-evaluation of the manner in which we study media and culture. One approach we use for this purpose is the notion of play as a conceptual framework for the analysis of media use. The study of digital games and play therefore enables us to address fundamental changes in the way we create and use media. Through this website, part of Utrecht University’s Virtual Knowledge Center network we want to share our research with the world.

GAP events

GAP regularly organizes international events dedicated to sharing expertise about the study of computer games and other forms of digital play. An overview of past and upcoming events can be found on this website. If you want to be put on our mailinglist, send us an email: info(at)gamesandplay.nl

Ludoliteracy

GAP participates in the focus area Cultures & Identities. Within the research line Changing Literacies, we focus on "ludoliteracy": the ability to play, understand and to make digital games. More info...

VKC

GAP is initiated as a Virtual Knowledge Centre (VKC). A Virtual Knowledge Centre is a combination of an online work environment and an online library with information on a specific discipline or subject. It is a virtual community, where researchers, lecturers and students from the same (research) group can collaborate and share the results of their research with each other and third parties. More information can be found here.

Staff

Prof. dr. Joost Raessens
Dr. Sybille Lammes
Dr. René Glas
Dr. Michiel de Lange