Who We Are

The Center for Digital Games Research brings together UC Santa Barbara faculty from diverse fields to collaborate on the research and design of digital media, games, and game technologies.

Our faculty affiliates are leaders in the physical and biological sciences, computer and engineering sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and arts and humanities.

We investigate how people process game experiences and how to design more impactful and effective games. Our work explores the many ways digital media and games affect our lives today and how we can improve them and innovate with them now and in the future.

What's New

  • UC Davis English Professor Gina Bloom will present Play the Knave, a motion-capture video game in which players perform scenes from Shakespeare plays.  Play the game from noon to 2:45 PM and attend her talk at 3:00 PM, October 21, 2016, Multipurpose Room in the Student Resource Building.  Details and directions
  • Digital Games Designed to Improve Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Health: We hosted this panel October 14, 2016, Panelists were Jonathan Schooler, Debra Lieberman, and Trip Hawkins.
  • The Games People Play: UCSB's Center for Digital Games Research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study and design of digital media and games. 
  • KEYT News story focuses on the Center for Digital Games Research.
  • At the Center for Digital Games Research, our faculty affiliates' research leads to groundbreaking innovations. 
  • Check out our online searchable Health Games Database that provides information about health games and related publications, resources, organizations, and events.
  • 12 Rock Star Women of Digital Health. (Hint: One of them is right here at UC Santa Barbara.)

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Game On http://ow.ly/OOixE  National Endowment for Finanical Education    @NEFE_ORG explores using video games to boost financial literacy

Using (and prescribing) video games to treat ADHD, memory, anxiety, phobias, pain, and more -- ow.ly/JdI2k via @FastCompany

Growing Up Digital--research symposium w/ keynotes by .  Summary of findings: co/AXPz7855aX

Children and Media: Tips For Parents from American Academy of Pediatrics t.co/6Q0xiuxIcZ

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