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About the Brantford Games Network lab (BGNlab) at Wilfrid Laurier University

The BGNlab (pronouned "Begin Lab") is the game lab run by Scott Nicholson out of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford in Ontario, Canada. 

The goal of the Brantford Games Network lab is to create transformative games and play that can change the world.

Transformative games are forms of play with goals and structure designed to change players.  The term was coined by Jesse Schell, but these games are also refered to as serious games or games for change.

Tranformative play recognizes that the structure and goals of games are not always needed, as in a museum.  Some times, the play activity itself is rich enough to be transformative.

There is a focus in informal learning environments, which refers to spaces outside the classroom where learning takes place, such as libraries, museums, zoos, community centers, and in the home.  

The Brantford Games Network lab is directed by Scott Nicholson, who moved to WLU from Syracuse University in 2014.  The BGNlab comes out of his Because Play Matters lab at the iSchool at Syracuse Univeristy, which in turn evolved from the Library Game Lab of Syracuse.