Alternate Text

The Mobile Gaming Research Lab (MGRL) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) promotes interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research of mobile games as well as game studies in general. Housed in the Department of Communication, the MGRL focuses on the conceptualization and development of games that mix physical and digital spaces: hybrid reality games, location-based mobile games, urban games, pervasive games, mobile games, and augmented reality games.

Games are pervasive activities in human culture. The strong success of video and computer games during the last 20 years can make many forget that the physical environment has always been the primary playful space. However, if computers helped take games to digital spaces, the popularity of mobile technologies has taken games back to the physical. The pervasiveness of mobile phones, which allows people to walk around urban spaces connected to both the Internet and each other, encourages the creation of a new type of game arena that takes place simultaneously in physical and digital spaces. In these games, communication, collaboration, and interaction occur in hybrid spaces through a combination of the physical and the virtual.

Forthcoming Event

New Media & Society

The Future of Mobile Communication Research, A Tribute to Rich Ling

Please email your proposal to no later than Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

Call for papers for a special issue of New Media & Society, Volume 24, 2022. 

Guest editors:
• Scott W. Campbell, Constance F. and Arnold C. Pohs Professor of Telecommunications, Dept. of Communication and Media, University of  Michigan 
• Adriana de Souza e Silva, Professor, Dept. of Communication, North Carolina State University 
• Leopoldina Fortunati, Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics, University of Udine 
• Gerard Goggin, Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University 

Proposals of no more than 1,000 words should include a brief abstract and a clear explanation of the main argument and how the full submission would contribute to the aims of this special issue. Click here for more information.


The MGRL's Goals are to:

  • Contribute to the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research on games, and specifically mobile games.
  • Offer interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate courses for communication majors, and in collaboration with other departments.
  • Contribute to the development of mobile and location-based games for use in educational settings.