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New Blog section on classes

There's a new section in the Becuase Play Matters blog - the Syracuse University Game Related Classes.  The idea is that we are gathering all of the courses across campus that are related to games and putting them into one place.


You can find that information using the matching tab at the top of the page!


NASAGA Tweetchat on March 26 from 9-10 PM Eastern

If you are interested in talking about Meaningful Gamification, follow the hashtag #nasagachat in Twitter on March 26 from 9-10pm Eastern.  If you aren't on twitter, you can follow the chat at




Next Game Designers' Guild meeting - March 22

The next GDG meeting will be on Friday, March 22.  We'll be meeting in Hinds 011 on the Syracuse University campus

There will be a social time from 5:30-6, then a formal program from 6-7.  At 7, we will open up to anyone who has games they would like to have tested, so bring along your prototypes!

Since it is a quiet evening, you should be able to park in the Q2 or Q4 lots after 5pm.

All are invited!



Come Play on March 18

On Monday from 9-5, come by Slocum hall on the 1st floor atrium to play with some cool interactive technology!

A few months ago, Lorne Covington presented his interactive video installations at the Game Designers' Guild, but we only saw a demo of it.  Now you get your hands on the stuff!

 He is going to have some of the technology he has developed out and available for people to play with.  In case you missed that meeting or need a reminder, you can see his work here:


If you would like to come and play, come visit us on Monday, March 18, between 12 and 5 in Slocum Hall!


Media coverage of Syracuse's Global Game Jam

We finished our Global Game Jam and 4 games were made.   One thing that was exciting was the diversity of the 21 attendees.  We had students at all levels from undergrad to PhD along with faculty and staff. They came from Newhouse, VPA, iSchool,  English, Arts and Sciences, and Architechture.  Then there were people from the SU library, SUNY-ESF, OCC, Cornell, and 5 non-affiliated community members!  

Here are some articles and video about the event.

The Newshouse: Game On: Weekend Hackathon Brings to Life Four Creations in 48 Hours 

Daily Orange: Game pulse: National game creating event brings SU gamers together, creating games revolving around heartbeat theme in 48 hours


Maya Gao Quin, a Newhouse student, created this video:

Global Game Jam from Mayagq on Vimeo.


(Just for posterity, here were articles about the event before it started:

There were several articles about the event before it started:

Daily Orange: National Gaming Event comes to Syracuse University's iSchool

Oneida Daily Dispatch: Global Game Jam returns to Morrisville College, Syracuse University

SU News: Global Game Jam planned for Jan 25-27 )


If there are other reports from the Game Jam, please send them to