NYU to open center for studying games in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — New York University is aiming to cement its position as a leader in the young field of video game studies by opening a 40,000-square-foot institute called the Media and Games Network in downtown Brooklyn next fall.

The facility called MAGNET will bring together existing NYU programs in fields such as game design, game engineering and games for learning.

The programs currently are split between Brooklyn and NYU's main campus in Greenwich Village.
"To my great happiness, I will be spending a lot less money on my subway cards," said Katherine Isbister, an associate professor with a joint appointment at the NYU Game Center and NYU's Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn.

Isbister said having artists, computer scientists and academics who study video games all under one roof will break down barriers.

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