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Whaaat!? Festival is on!

Sept. 22, 2020

ATLAS Institute’s third annual Whaaat!? Festival kicks off remotely on Wednesday, Sept. 23 with an experimental gameplay session led by Paolo Pedercini from independent game developer Molleindustria.

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CTD director receives grant funded by Andy Warhol Foundation

Jan. 9, 2020

ATLAS Senior Instructor and TAM Program Director Matt Bethancourt and his partner, Lisa Bethancourt, received a RedLine INSITE project grant, made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The duo are creating an interactive rocking chair inspired by Pando, an enormous grove of quaking aspen trees in Utah. Their installation debuts in Boulder this fall.

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Game created by Whaaat!? Lab co-directors selected for coveted GDC showcase

Dec. 31, 2019

ATLAS Instructor Danny Rankin's and husband and wife duo, Matt and Lisa Bethancourt's fast-paced, multi-player stock trading game has been chosen to exhibit at alt.ctrl.GDC, a coveted showcase of alternative control schemes and interactions, held during the world's largest professional game developer's conference.

Participants at the Whaaat!?Festival playing videogames on large screens.

Second annual Whaaat!? Festival attracts more than 250 game aficionados

Oct. 7, 2019

Matt Bethancourt and Danny Rankin started the Whaaat!? festival in order to geek-out with a group of like-minded game developers; in just the second year, the all-day event attracted more than 250 participants.

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Registration opens for second annual Whaaat!? festival

Sept. 14, 2019

The 2019 Whaaat!? festival is almost here, and like last year's inaugural event, it promises something for every game aficionado: weird new games, old dusty games, overlooked gems, games with bizarre controllers, games that live in art museums and even games that may start arguments over what the game actually...

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Matt Bethancourt awarded Engineering Excellence Fund grant to support Whaaat!? festival

June 13, 2019

Matt Bethancourt , senior instructor and TAM director, was awarded an Engineering Excellence Fund (EEF) grant to support the 2019 Whaaat!? festival. “The funds will help bring world-class guest speakers and unique one-of-a-kind games to our community,” Bethancourt says.

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New ATLAS games festival highlights experiences that make you say "Whaaat!?"

Sept. 14, 2018

"Whaaat!? A festival for games and experimental interactions" featured a large number of experimental tabletop and electronic games, and a large vintage arcade featuring games from the 1970s and 80s. Central to the event was a series of talks and workshops on the art form of game design.

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Two ATLAS faculty members show games at XOXO festival

“It’s crazy that two ATLAS games are going to be there,” says Matt Bethancourt, “It shows we are doing really good work.”

Husband-and-wife duo Lisa and Matt Bethancourt show their game, Busy Work.

TAM director's game wins Indiecade17 Media's Choice award

Oct. 24, 2017

Called "amazing" by PC Gamer magazine, Matt and Lisa Bethancourt's Busy Work game, where players compete to send the most email, is an Indiecade winner.