Donald J. Patterson

Mobile and Ubiquitous Games

two girls playing a mobile game

In Spring Quarter 2015 I will be teaching a course on “Mobile and Ubiquitous Games”. This isn’t a course about making Angry Birds, it’s a course about games that bleed into the real world and leave the confines of devices.  It is about using technology to have fun, while layering game mechanics on top of real world social structure.  Here’s what the UC Irvine catalog has to say about it:

“Design and technology of mobile games, including mixed reality gaming, urban games, and locative media. Case studies of significant systems. Uses and limitations of location-based technologies. Infrastructures and their relationships to gameplay and design.” (catalog)

The course webpage can be found here:

2 comments for “Mobile and Ubiquitous Games

  1. Nazera Haqq
    March 28, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Hello Professor Patterson,
    My name is Nazera Haqq and I am a graduate student enrolled in the MA International Development program at American University in DC. I found a presentation which you did on marketing pervasive games and I would really like to get some more of your thoughts on it. For my capstone I am conducting research on a peacebuiliding cross media pervasive game which targets youth in high conflict environments for an international non-profit in the field of conflict transformation.Specifically, I am advising on how this game can be marketed.

    Would you be willing sometime soon to answer some of my questions on marketing pervasive games via phone or skype and to share any insights? Also, are there any resources that you can direct me to? I do hope that you receive this email and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Please feel free to contact me at 202-415-2022 or

    Many thanks.

    Warmest Regards,
    Nazera Haqq

    P.S: Please see below for the link to your presentation that I found online.

    • March 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      That sounds pretty cool. Do you have a summary or something that I could look at – pdf, powerpoint, whatever?

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