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The Center for Games and Playable Media (CGPM) houses UCSC’s five games-related research labs including the Expressive Intelligence Studio – one of the largest technical game research groups in the world. CGPM boasts one of the largest interdisciplinary faculties, drawn from Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, Computer Engineering, Literature, Theater, and Art.

Center for Games & Playable Media

There are 224 publications in this collection, published between 2014 and 2018.
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Pothead Tales

Pothead Tales tells the story of a student who consistently smokes marijuana. This game uses class concepts like resources, consequences, and link logics. Resources like money and the “highness” of the player are used to make choices in a variety of situations.

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Resonance puts the player in an abandoned deep-sea research facility with a single goal: escape.

The game has the player exploring mazes of rooms, finding items, and hacking doors; however, you are not alone.

Resonance takes away most of the player�'s vision and forces them to use their hearing to navigate.

As a survival-horror game, resources are limited and the player can only use what they find to delay their rapidly approaching fate.

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Human Hunter


   Set during the apex of the human apocalypse, a lone undead-like creature struggles to survive as he tries to save his best friend from the humans.

With no time to lose, this unnamed protagonist will jump and rush into action in this challenging yet unique Platformer. There's no health, no score, and no lives.

The only thing on this protagonist's mind is his friend and a 60 minute timer.




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A Unified Approach to Preserving Cultural Software Objects and their Development Histories

This white paper was made possible with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Start-Up GrantHD-51719-13.

Dunyazad Git repository

This is a bare clone of the git repository for my dissertation system "Dunyazad," as of March 17th, 2016. The repository was archived as of commit fe359e08001f69aaba869ae08e9342f591402ef5. The full repository potentially including future changes can be found at: The code for creating choices is in the current/ directory, while data-processing code for the experiments can be found in the experiments/ directory. Code listed in the dissertation in Appendix B comes from current/rules/. Experimental data are not included to protect the anonymity of participants; anonymized versions of the data may be made available separately.

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