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Whaaat!? Festival is on!

Sept. 22, 2020

ATLAS Institute’s third annual Whaaat!? Festival announces its second event, an Oct. 28 talk with John Sharp, author of "Works of Game." In place of the in-person, all-day annual event, the festival has switched to remote programming that will last throughout the academic year.

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CU Boulder "Brainwaves" Podcast is joined by Danny Rankin

April 7, 2020

ATLAS Instructor and BTU Lab co-director Danny Rankin speaks about video games on this episode of "Brainwaves: Video games and the serious business, art behind esports".

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Subversion by design: Danny Rankin's TEDxMileHigh talk

Feb. 27, 2020

"To the powerful, to anyone who hides behind a brand, be warned: We know what fonts you use. We've read your brand guidelines. And if you won't tell the truth, we'll steal your voice and tell it for you." These are the words ATLAS Instructor Danny Rankin ended his TEDxMileHigh talk with on Nov. 16, 2019, and they were met with enthusiastic and prolonged applause.

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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.

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Danny Rankin to speak at next TEDx MileHigh event on Nov. 16

Oct. 24, 2019

Danny Rankin will be a speaker at the next TEDx MileHigh event, "Imagine" on November 16. Rankin also co-directs the Whaaat!?! Lab for game design and is a mentor at ATLAS’ BTU Lab .

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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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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.”

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Q & A with Creative Industries graduate Danny Rankin

Feb. 1, 2018

Instructor Danny Rankin discusses his research, classes and more in an interview with CU Connections.

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