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Ohio University GRID Lab Celebrates Grand Opening.. .ATHENS, Ohio-The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, an initiative of the College of Communication at Ohio University, opened on Feb. 8, at ?5 on Court Street? in Athens. Though the research aspect of the lab has been functional since September 2005, today marks the opening of the state-of-the-art arcade, which is open to Ohio University students and the community.. .The goal of the GRID Lab is to provide the Appalachian Ohio region with training, education, and an opportunity to develop technical and creative skills through the use of interactive digital game technology, according to College of Communication Dean Greg Shepherd. The GRID Lab also serves as an innovative and creative center for undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff research and project development.. .?We intend to make the College of Communication at Ohio University a leader in the area of interactive digital technology, both in curriculum and in research,? Shepherd said. ?The GRID Lab will showcase this leadership for us.?. .The primary focus of the facility is on ?serious games? and three-dimensional simulation and virtuality. Serious games are those created for education, simulation and training purposes. These games are widely used throughout academia, healthcare and wellness, military, government, and economic and social development. The GRID Lab provides Ohio University with the resources and tools to create such interactive digital media and technologies.. .?The GRID Lab will contribute to the field in ways that do not respond to but instead introduce major technological innovations and research,? said GRID Lab Director Karen Riggs. ?These contributions will be powered by partnerships on and off campus. We can collaborate with the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Health and Human Services, for example, to do path-breaking projects in medical and physiological simulation. The GRID Lab can create new knowledge through colla