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Past Events:

Carolina Seminar — Critical Game Studies: “Critical Design Workshop”

Tuesday, October 24 (8:00-9:00 am) – Virtual

How are game engines built, and why do they work the way they do? Join us for a hands-on virtual session working with Unity to explore basic design techniques, and discuss the material constraints of digital game design technologies.

Email Dr. Steven Gotzler ( for registration details and zoom link.

Medieval Gaming 

Tuesday, October 24 (4:00-7:00pm) – The Gathering Place

Please join the DLC lab and MEMS program for a Medieval game night at the Gathering Place. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited. CLE credit for undergrads!

We will discuss the importance of games for the Medieval period and play a variety of games from this time period and others inspired by it. Food and drinks provided!

Address: 157 E Rosemary St 2nd Floor, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Carolina Seminar — Critical Game Studies: “Transdisciplinary Theory”

Tuesday, November 28 (8:00-9:00 am) – Virtual

Join us for a discussion of selected theoretical readings employing perspectives from across the disciplines in game studies. Readings are TBD, but may be either might general (i.e., theorizing ‘play’ or ‘games’), or might be focused around a particular theoretical category or concern (i.e., ‘queerness’, ‘race’, ‘labor’, ‘environment’).

Email Dr. Steven Gotzler ( for registration details and zoom link.


Flyer for Science Fiction & Games in the Classroom with Stephanie Kinzinger. This workshop is part of the Critical Game Studies Initiative's Plug and Play Series that aims to equip instructors with short assignments that can be easily incorporated into their classes. Following Dr. Katherine Buse’s presentation two weeks ago, “Playing with the Climate: Situatedness and Immerselessness in Environmental Video Games,” we will play Outer Wilds by Mobius Digital (2019) and engage concepts of critical play and pedagogy to develop an understanding of environmental simulation, entanglements of space-time and the self, and the logics of meaning-making through exploration. Greenlaw Hall 316 | 03.03.23 | 10:00-11:00AM








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Flyer: Critical Smash Tournament Thursday November 18 5-6:30 Greenlaw Gameroom Greenlaw 316


Flyer: Gamenight with CoLEAGS and the Greenlaw Gameroom November 12 6:00 pm Virtually over zoom and limited in-person in the Greenlaw Gameroom