TACNY Sweet Science Series

Notable: Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but TACNY asks that people RSVP using the links provided below.

December 13 – Serious Unseriousness: Exploring Games, Play, and Purpose

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: MOST

With recent advancements in virtual reality, game design, and other technologies, games have come a long way from the early days of Monopoly or Battleship. Join Dr. Nathan Prestopnik (Ithaca College) to discuss how games and game technologies are being used to tell stories, teach students, and bring enjoyment in educational, corporate, and private contexts. Following the talk, join Dr. Prestopnik for a live demonstration of the Play|Write VR creative writing system, or challenge your friends at popular contemporary board games from the game library of Play the Game, Read the Story.


Play the Game, Read the Story is the Syracuse area’s premier board game and comic store, with several locations throughout CNY.

Nathan Prestopnik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Ithaca College, where he teaches game design and human-computer interaction. Nathan’s research is about storytelling, motivation, and engagement in serious games and playful systems, and he is constantly working with his students on innovative and exciting game design research projects. To date, these have included Happy Match & Forgotten Island, citizen science adventure games focused on taxonomic species classification, Arena, a Spanish-language learning game, and (most recently) Play|Write, a playful creative writing system for virtual reality built in Unity with the HTC Vive and Leap Motion 2. Nathan earned his Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies in April 2013. He also holds dual bachelor degrees in film production and military history, an M.S. in New Media, and an M.Phil. in Information Science from Syracuse University. Before embarking on an academic career, Nathan was a UI/UX designer in various regions of the United States, including Los Angeles, CA, Clifton Park, NY, and Syracuse, NY. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, exploring, writing, and playing games.


About Sweet Science Series
Sweet Science Series began in 1913 as a gathering of inventors, business leaders, and technologists to discuss the latest topics. TACNY continues the tradition by partnering with the Museum of Science & Technology to host discussions of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics aimed at adults. All Sweet Science events are free and open to the public.