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Game Prostheses

A collection of six game prostheses designed to be worn by an LG VS840 4G LTE phone.

Artifacts II

Artifacts II is a digital-fantasy based on a true story about adapting to and developing in an environment of emotional abuse and isolation.

Recorder Recital Ruckus

Recorder Recital Ruckus puts you in the role of making sure your students behave themselves during a recorder recital with one twist - all of your students are soon-to-be-famous sound artists.

Space Dander

Players inhabit the Herms, creatures of light that guide the evening star Hesper across the astral plane to the Perpetual.

Mnemosyne

Mnemosyne [nee-mos-uh-nee] - the goddess of memory.

Ivan’s Parallel Reality

Ivan’s Parallel Reality is a demo of a narrative game exploring an art making factory in a hypothetical future.

Ex Nihilo

Using the HTC Vive players can freely run and climb to explore the peculiar chain of floating islands that fill this detailed, living and breathing world.

Vespers

Vespers as a game explores the Catholic view of Purgatory through the lense of an Elizabethan-era Everyman play.

Anima

Viewers can walk around at their own pace and listen to the environment. The overall mood is meditative, encouraging the participant to take their time and relax.

Empty Dreams

Empty Dreams is a a narrative experience about finding oneself in which the player explores a world of consciousness and memories.

Town 404

Just like the 404 web page, you can’t find town 404, whether on a map, a license plate, or a list of cities to which express can be delivered.

GateWay

Gateway is an exploration platformer game/walking simulator taking place across multiple worlds.

Laika

Laika is a game about the Soviet space dog Laika. It explores the ethics of sending animals into space without their consent.

Arcade Cocktail Cabinets

Featuring glass tops over screens and custom controllers, the Arcade Cocktail Cabinets have become some of the most shown objects created by the Game Lab.

Best Burger

Attempt to predict burger trends and barter with your fellow farmers to create the trendiest burger possible.

南京!南京!

南京!is a game in which the players attempt to deduce one another’s identities against the backdrop of Nanking in 1937.

Plastic Vortex

Plastic Vortex is based on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of human-made debris caught in the swirling gyres of the North Pacific Ocean. The first animal to cross the vortex without choking on plastic wins.

Tubes

Tubes simulates the unbalanced nature of the Internet by modeling its physical infrastructure.

Gecko Ridemption

Gecko Ridemption is a browser-based, online-multiplayer area-control, rock-climbing, laser-blasting, stuff-barfing, sport-ish game.

Holla Pain Yo

Holla' Pain Yo is a competitive game in which two teams lighten a seesaw by drinking jalapeño water through a tube.

Letting them Sleep

Letting them Sleep is a game about unnoticed representation in which players use a character creation system to make an avatar that immediately goes to sleep. The most undisturbed sleeper wins.

Artifacts

Artifacts is an exploratory artgame about digital archeology, archives, and the language of the internet.

Phantasm Atlas

Phantasm Atlas is an interactive video installation re-imagining our bodily anatomy.

Mess.life

Messlife is a virtual DIY artspace in the tradition of warehouse art spaces and alternative venues.

UM TV PALS

Multiplayer garden rocketry action for 2-10 players.

Rotato Chipz

A little game inspired by Clu Clu Land and Power Stone Wars. The graphics are photographs of found objects and wadded up paper sculptures.

Junk

"Junk" is game based on William S. Burrough's essay "Deposition: Testimony Concerning a Sickness" that compares drug use to capitalism.

One Day, Independence Day

One Day, Independence Day! is a four-player game that chronicles events and figures from Korea, just after the country's division into North and South.

Real Shadows Shine

Real Shadows Shine is a minimum involvement experience about growing, slowing, shade, and blindly moving onward

Whisk’ry Business

Whiskr'y Business is a game in which you must change the sweater patterns of three hapless humans to match the cats which they occasionally pet.

Pug Fitness

Guide your poor obese pug to fitness by regulating his meals and maximizing his exercise time.

Pixel | Antipixel

Source footage from the 2D arcade game Battle Garegga is rendered as a 3D volume by slicing up the original footage and then layering it on top of itself dozens of times.

[Project Iron]

[Project Iron] combines gameplay-driven interactivity with a richly detailed and expressive hand-drawn illustrations.

Ddook Ddak Kimbap!

Two teams attempt to build a spring roll by stealing ingredients out from underneath the Dokkaebi's tentacles.

.45

45 is a 1 vs. 1 board game that uses lasers and mirrors.

Make America Great Again

Make America Great Again is an asymmetrical polemical board game based on Donald Trump’s views on immigration

Ring By Spring

It's senior year of college and graduation is quickly approaching, leaving young women with two options: get hired or get engaged.

Pursuit

Shit happens, so we might as well help each other. Meet you at the summit. This is the pursuit.

I’m So Glad You Came

Players use a lifecasted, penis-shaped, sperm-shooting joystick in order to move a matching penis on screen and fertilize objects.

Flow

Flow is a game about city management and water distribution.

Cupertino

As Cupertino rapidly becomes known as “the city where Apple is”, longtime residents must work together to stay in the city they call home.

Food Trucks

Put your culinary skills to the test and battle sandwiches in a tournament-style miniature monster truck rally

Sandswitch

Sandswitch is a game about food culture, sandwich building, and theft.

One cup of juice

One cup of juice is a game that converts a two person human relationship into an orange juicing machine.

Wizard Takes All

Wizard Takes All is a live computer game performance that pits a mob of farmers against a wizard in possession of boundless audiovisual powers.

Juggle

Juggle is a minimal arcade game inspired by early video games that maps digital space to physical space.

Pope Burn

Pope Burn is a game about the representation and interpretation of politics through print media in 17th Century England.

Alexander Doggus

Alexander Doggus is a wheelchair-using dog who used to be the world’s greatest show dog.

2222

The year is 2222. Earth has frozen over and there are no survivors.

Bananoculus

This work explores the relationship between acquired synesthesia, simulation sickness and life as a banana.

Pin Pon

Pin Pon is a game about online dating. Using a leap motion controller, players try to bounce stuff off their part of the table and into the opponents. Its always a match!

Arrangement

“Arrangement” simulates matchmaking by asking potential partners to draw identical drawings through verbal guidance alone.

Sumorals

“Sumorals” is a four-player board game about sumo wrestling and placing bets, where the rich get richer and the fat get fatter.

Locals Only!

Locals Only! is a game about surf localism and catching sweet waves.

Hex

A complex strategy game that tests your ability to build bridges (and tear them down).

Ship

A redesign of chess that takes place on a mutinous ship.

Guattari Hero

Guattari Hero is an experimental economic rhythm simulation of consumer experience through Amazon.com's related item feature.

Apoptosis

Apoptosis is a video game about a lot of things, but mostly about mental illness.

LDOE

Last Day on Earth is about the world ending.

Outcast

Outcast is a game that addresses the issue of dehumanization of homeless people.

THEM

A multi-media puzzle game to uncover the plot for a New World Order.

Primal nest

Primal Nest is an experimental 3D video game where the viewer can navigate the virtual landscape through an inter-vaginal perspective.

Orthogonal/Diagonal

Installation of regional redesigned chess variants, with new game pieces developed that sculpturally convey their rules of movement and relative power on the board.

Word Shift

Shift letters around the board to form words that cascade off and reveal new letters.

The Iron Range

A game of labor, globalization, and mining set in the Iron Range of northern Minnesota.

Space “Invader”

Space "Invader" is a polemical video that parodies the classical Space Invaders game but with a colonial narrative.

Mom Actually

Balance love and weight as you try to raise your children in the modern world.

Eco War

Play as nature or corporations - control or die!

Space

Control full or halftime operators for a directional and diplomatic twist on checkers.

Out

A game of self-discovery, courage, fear, faith, love, expression, and triumph.

Ephemeroptera

You are Cu, the captain of the newest model of mobile aerial combat weaponry EXO. With the help of Fin, you are to defeat the System.

Black Friday

Battle for gifts and yuletide glory in a gruesome Christmas-shopping spectacle.

Mind Asylum

Use a Wiimote to control one of three personalities of a schizophrenic man with multiple personality disorder.

Decibel

A trading card game about the inherent shallow nature of popular dance music.

FOB

Reconstruct your self identity as a non-native U.S. citizen.

Paper Sons

Attempt to immigrate to the United States through Angel Island.

Puff

Puff follows the journey of different kinds of smokers as they trade the items and tools necessary to feed their cigarette habits.

Masako

A virtual reality environment highlighting the atrocities of nuclear weaponry.

Food Insecurity

Play as a low-income individual balancing money, health, and dependence while trying to meet your daily caloric requirements.

(M)eat

This is a game about meat and the ever-conflicting information regarding whether or not humans should be eating animals.

Prepare for the all-new All Terrain Derby!

Tedium

Navigate the American school system as an Asian-American student

Fromage à Trois

A magic cart opens a portal to an alien sky on your ceiling. Save the falling cheese beings!

The SLAB

A custom game controller for Mark Essen's NIDHOGG

PACWARS

Pacwars is a four player, team-based board game based on Chess and Pacman.

Leshy

A vertical platformer with trees.

Off Rail Rescue

An explosion in the neighboring boom-town has set their buildings ablaze! What's more, its destroyed the only railway out of ton and sent flaming tumbleweeds sky high!

Exit Palette

A puzzle-platform game based on RYB subtractive color theory.

Poliphony

After landing on a strange but peaceful planet you learn that your are equipped with the tools to talk to the creatures residing there...

THREE KINGDOMS

The oldest player takes the weapons bag and gently scatters the contents over the board.

DONKEY KONG TOWER BOMB

The tower was built in such a way that it is extremely dangerous for more than three intruders to ascend the tower.

Los Angeles Loves You

You are a sad, sad commuter in the city of LA, trying to get to work on a Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday...whatever.)

Tickleplane

Tickleplane is a game for 6 people that uses the keyboard as a gestural input.

Super Power Hour

Students create their own superhero characters with wildly different abilities

DS Bluetooth

Enable your Nintendo DS to communicate with countless other devices via Bluetooth.

Sparkfun Hangman

Two versions of hangman, one using a dial and one using colors and switches.

Kubisch

Kubisch is an innovative 3-dimensional twist on tic-tac-toe.

Burn and Turn

Capture the princesses and defend your tower - available on several mobile platforms!

Exodus

Piece by piece, change the huge gray city to a small, colorful town.

Subsidized

Stay healthy and wealthy in the subsidized agricultural market longer than your opponents.

CommComm

This 2-vs-1 game takes players through various storylines, culminating in a battle between two ghosts and their murderer.

Puppy

A two-player game of things getting awkward fast.

Escape from Spiderhead

Players must use various experimental drugs to build up the willpower necessary to sacrifice themselves and save their peers.

Escape from Sea Oak

Strategize your job, risks, and alliances in order to escape your humble surroundings and make it to the good life.

Darkgame

A sensory deprivation game in which players must manage their senses and abilities to destroy or evade their opponents.

En Gore

En Gore is a two player turn-based strategy game testing speed and dexterity using the concepts of foil fencing.

Jabberwocky

Play through five interconnected levels of Lewis Carroll's poem, getting new perspective on the world with each level.

Scatter

A three player cooperative game. Players must work together to escape an increasingly haunted house before it turns them against each other.

Rabbit Kingdom

A four player competitive game. Players controls both above-ground humans and below-ground rabbits to inflict insanity on the other players.

Trek to Tessalit

A 2 to 4 player competitive game. Players must beat their opponents to the center of the board by managing both their health and morality levels.

Monkey Soup

A monkey must navigate through a hostile environment with the help of a robot built from pieces of his spaceship.

Tube Monkey

Help the monkey avoid distractions and find his spaceship in the center of the planet.

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Roulette

Play Russian Roulette against Brandon with a six-barreled revolver.

Material Girl

Flog and flirt with your crowds of suitors to make all the money you can.

Binary Glove

The binary glove teaches concepts of binary sequences and bits in a fun and engaging way.

Body Hack

An interactive game performance system where users match their bodies to iconic poses in pop culture.

Cave

The player controls a boy and a girl, one at a time, as they explore a cave.

Flatland ARG!!!

Flatland ARG!!! is a team based augmented reality game with costumes, props, Nokia tablets, spy balloons, physical stamina, and strategy.

DEITI II

Detonate all the angry deities by arranging chain reactions.

Blinky-Chanty Box

A multiplayer game for cooperative meditative chanting. It uses custom pitch detection software to compare the pitch-based distance between two microphones.

Corporate Ladder

Corporate Ladder is a strategic game of stacking blocks for 4 to 6 players. The object of the game is to take up the most space.

Battle

Two machines take turns trying to guess each other's next guess. Neither side ever knows if it won, only if they lost.

Rhythm Game

A sight-reading music game using overhead projection and the Arduino controller to create an immersive interface

Hull Loss

Participants make paper airplanes and launch them through a series of mechanically animated scissors.

Gemini Rue

Gemini Rue: a retro, neo-noir, full length, point ‘n click, dual-narrative adventure.