Museums tell stories. Games tell stories. Both in their own way and with their specific intensity. Let’s combine the two!

Recording of the TALK "Playful Museums", which took place online on July 22nd 2021 at A MAZE./ Berlin 2021.

Games are an opportunity for institutions to attract new audiences and interact in new ways with existing audiences. How can museums pivot their stories and experiences to become as engaging for broad groups of people as the stories and experiences that people have with games? According to the DFC Intelligence report (via GameRant), more than 3 billion people worldwide play video games in their free time. That’s almost 40% of the world's population! Given gaming’s enormous popularity, how can museums use the creativity of game creators and players to realise their goals and visions? What would it take for museums to be more appealing and inviting to game developers and the creative scene?

On July 22nd we talked about these questions as they relate to our A MAZE. Museum Online Game Jam "A World in Motion", which has taken place just before the A MAZE. Festival. Game creators from all over the world worked with seven Leibniz Research Museums to develop a game idea that connects the institutions.



  • Anna Dohy, digital designer and game developer, working at Pixplicity, Utrecht (participant of the Game Jam)
  • Diana Modarressi-Tehrani, Head of the Science Management, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum– Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources

  • Dominik von Roth, Research associate, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg– Leibniz Research Museum of Cultural History

  • Rosanna Lopez, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Discovery Academy of Innovation and SparkleLAB Learning, Inc., Manila

… Moderated by Geraldine de Bastion


Find out more about the A MAZE. Museum Online Game Jam and try out the game prototypes here .


The Game Jam and Talk are part of the official program of A MAZE. / Berlin 2021 - 10th International Games and Playful Media Festival. They are supported by the Aktionsplan Leibniz Research Museums and hosted by A MAZE. in cooperation with the following Leibniz Research Museums:

  • Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources (DBM)
  • Deutsches Museum, Munich (DM)
  • German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History, Bremerhaven (DSM)
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum – Leibniz Research Museum of Cultural History, Nuremberg (GNM)
  • Museum Koenig – Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Bonn (ZFMK)
  • Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum – Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology, Mainz (RGZM)
  • Senckenberg Society for Nature Research – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research, Frankfurt am Main, Görlitz, Dresden (SGN)