Play deepens our sense of place, introduces neighbors, and circulates stories.
Benjamin Stokes studies how games can be used as a tool to make positive changes in the real world by improving local economies, breaking down cultural and social barriers and empowering and connecting communities. He recently received a grant from the Knight Foundation and Niantic, Inc. to investigate how augmented reality and games like Pokémon Go can be leveraged to build future cities that are stronger, smarter, and healthier.
We ask, "How can games and play be used to affect player interest, activities and opinions?" For more information, visit the JoLT program.
We ask, "How do games fit into the context of art, media, and other cultural artifacts? How can game makers help leading cultural institutions address games?" For an example of this cultural work, see our Smithsonian event page.
Currently being explored in several classes and with collaborators in the DC area. We are continuing a related course on games and rhetoric in the spring of 2016, taught by Michael Treanor.
We ask, "How can playable models of sociocultural systems uniquely inform players’ understanding of the world? Can humanities and social science be combined with artificial intelligence techniques to enhance character believability, social interaction and storytelling?" For more information, contact Michael Treanor.