Critical Play Collection

Explore and Experiment

StudioLab invites our community to use play as a tool for creation and reflection. By creating temporary spaces defined by flexible rule sets, we're able to see our designs and ideas from new perspectives. We think play sparks the imagination, welcomes collaboration, and facilitates respectful commentary. Games are expressive medium for conveying the human experience and a foundational element in the creation of communities. We're fortunate to be living in a time when theories of play and games criticism are exploding in both popular and academic domains.


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Game Channels on Slack


This is our general channel for discussing anything related to games and play. Tell us what you're playing, ask for recommendations, post your livestream, comment on our Monthly Collections, find people for multiplayer games, attend our live events, and share anything else related to play or games here.


Remember those adventure books where you chose what page to turn to next? Well, imagine that except in a chatroom with more people and more choices. The #choose-our-own-adventure channel features a different game every month and asks our community members to collectively decide which path to take. We make one choice per day so that regardless of your time zone, everyone can play. 

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PC Game Library

StudioLab has a game collection of over 500 titles across Epic, Origin, Riot, Blizzard, GOG,, and Steam stores. When possible we purchase DRM-free titles, so that they can be installed on all of our computers. We're currently strategizing a way to grant students remote access to the collection.

Featured Titles

Control Surviving Mars Braid
Overcooked Heaven Will Be Mine Stardew Valley
Into the Breach Donut  County FTL
Doom Baba is You Overwatch
Final Fantasy XV Opus Magnum Frog Detective
Dwarf Fortress Besiege Rocket League
RimWorld SUPERHOT Katamari Damacy
80 Days Getting Over It Butterfly Soup
Factorio Firewatch Celeste
League of Legends Return of the Obra Dinn Kerbal Space Program
Frostpunk Minecraft Tilt Brush
NieR: Automata Her Story Stellaris
Kentucky Route Zero Portal Hollow Knight
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StudioLab has four high-end PCs that we use for VR, games, motion capture, modeling, scanning, and video editing. Due to the pandemic, we aren't able to use them this semester, but we wanted to post the specs here to give you something to look forward to when we're all back on campus. 


CPU Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM
Motherboard MSI MPG Z390M GAMING EDGE AC Micro ATX LGA1151
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600
Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" SSD
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE
Case Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W Fully Modular ATX
Monitor Dell S2719DGF 27.0" 2560x1440 155 Hz
Keyboard Logitech G513 Carbon Wired
Mouse Logitech G305 Wireless
Headset Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND 7.1 Channel