Welcome to the Game Innovation Lab at the NYU School of Engineering, where we’ve been encouraging creativity and teamwork, and building innovative and playful experiences for our students, faculty, and visitors since 2011.


Games Move Us – An Exploration of Design Innovations that Lead to Player Emotions.

From the Interactive Media & Games Seminar Series; Katherine Isbister examines the new techniques that game designers and developers have added to the pantheon of media strategies for influencing how we feel while playing games.… Read More…

PHD Candidate Eddie Melcer Featured in PopSci!

Game designers spend years developing games to get players to this place. It’s what makes the difference between a hit game that fans play for hours on end and something they’re done with after 20… Read More…


One of our developers in residence, Ramsey Nasser is part of a project to integrate Clojure and Unity 3D.   Clojure brings the live editing, dynamic typing, and persistent data structures of a modern Lisp to… Read More…


Keep up with the events happening in the Game Innovation Lab

Quirky craft: an introduction into the Demoscene in making Amiga style retro intros

February 27 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Since the 80s the demoscene is constantly producing amazing real-time animations on all kinds of hardware platforms, from the Commodore C64 to Tamagotchis to the PS4. In this workshop, Tobias Kopka will introduce you into… Read More…

Quick Facts

We are:

Funded by the NSF, Microsoft, Yahoo, Bell Labs, and more

Designed to allow for both fluid, collaborative thinking and easy, fluid movement of surfaces and workstations

Home to interdisciplinary research and teaching

What is this

GIL is an interdisciplinary graduate research lab. Our funded projects take games and turn them into an innovation challenge.  We work with industry partners, research facilities internationally, the NYC Board of Education and other groups,… Read More…

How can I

If you have a project that could be a good fit the for Lab's research mission, drop us a line at games@poly.edu, and we'll get back to you with next steps. If you are a… Read More…

Information for

We periodically host tours and research demos, as well as present a popular series of Indie Tech Talks and other game-related workshops. Stay tuned for information about our upcoming events Read More…