Welcome to the British DiGRA site!

Welcome, folks, to the home of British DiGRA online.

British DiGRA is the organisation formerly known as DiGRA UK. You can find out a little bit more about us, and our parent organisation, DiGRA, on the About page.

This site is intended to act as a focal point for British DiGRA’s activities and to provide a platform for folks working with or studying games in the UK to connect with others. To this end, we invite you to contact us if you are running a UK-based, games-related event and would like us to post details here on the site.  Likewise, if you have a relevant call for papers or other such call to action, get in touch!

We are open to the idea of other folks running British DiGRA-endorsed events – please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss such a possibility. However, please note that any event run or endorsed by British DiGRA must adhere to our Inclusivity Policy. Inclusivity is incredibly important to us, and it is essential that any activity we undertake – online or in the physical world – is as inclusive, open and welcoming as possible.

These details are covered in the Inclusivity Policy, but they’re worth highlighting here:

If you feel that someone is making you feel uncomfortable, if you see that someone else is being made to feel unsafe, or if you have any other concerns, please contact the organizers of the event. Or, concerns may be raised via email by contacting the Chair of British DiGRA (neveah@gmail.com) or Vice Chair (Matthew.Barr@glasgow.ac.uk).

We’d also like to draw your attention to the British DiGRA mailing list and our Facebook page. These are also great mechanisms for engaging with our community!

Finally, if you’d like to make any suggestions as to what you think we should be doing as an organisation, or there’s something you feel is missing from this site, please do get in touch.

The British DiGRA Board

 

Call for papers : AI, Games & VR Symposium

Submission deadline: 14th January 2018

At: AISB Conference, Liverpool, UK, 4-6 April 2018

The longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence, AISB 2018 will be held in 2018 at the University of Liverpool.
As in the past years, AISB 2018 provides a unique forum for presenting cutting edge research and burning issues around all areas of AI.
The theme for this year is “AI for the Digital Society”.

The AI, Games & VR Symposium, acts as a meeting place for researchers and practitioners from academia, education and industry who are involved with the design, development and evaluation of AI in the context of games or virtual reality and any other form of immersive experience (e.g. 360 videos)

It focuses on the application of artificial intelligence or intelligent-like techniques, frameworks and theories to the creation of interactive engaging intelligent games. It will address the following areas of research and practice:

  • The use of AI techniques (planning, learning, evolution etc.) in games, VR and the game/VR design process.
  • The design and engineering of AI components in commercial games, virtual environments, VR technology, Immersive experiences
  • AI for serious games, gamification, virtual environments
    Automatic or semi-automatic procedural content generation
    Intelligent or adaptive player interaction
  • AI for player/user analytics and modelling player/user behaviour or experience.
  • Agent pathfinding and decision-making in games and virtual reality applications
  • Using games or simulations as a platform for building intelligent agents
    Environmental simulations for games/VR/immersive experiences
    Interactive narrative generation
  • Intelligent Narrative Technologies
  • Player perceptions of game AI, VR AI, Immersive experience AI
  • Experimental AI & Games, AI & VR, AI & immersive experience

Papers connecting games to all areas of computational intelligence and traditional AI are considered.

Authors could be specialised in: AI, machine learning, planning, narrative, education and training, media, multimedia, game design and development, game interaction design, characters design, interaction design and evaluation for children and/or adults , virtual reality technology, virtual reality, and any other relevant area.

Submissions invited :-

  • Extended Abstracts (2-4 pages)
  • Short papers (4-6 pages)
  • Posters (one slide, and one page for the proceedings)
  • Demonstrations (2 pages description of what is going to be demonstrated)
  • Tutorials (max 2 pages description of planned tutorial content)

Submissions will be via the Easychair website at :-

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aigames18

Deadline (extended) for all submissions: 14th January 2018

Happy 2018 – Ways to keep in Touch

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2018 Awesome and full of great events and exciting research.

A couple of reminders:

We have a E-mail / Newsgroup list that you can join here – http://mail.digra.org/mailman/listinfo/uk

We also have a Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/britishdigra/

Both of these are great ways of letting us know about events and opportunities you want shared, that would be of interest to British Digra members.

Finally we’ve  extended the deadline for submissions bids to host British Digra 2018 to 5pm on Sunday 14th January 2018. Details here – http://bdigra.org.uk/british-digra-conference-2018-call-for-hosts

Literature and Video Games: Beyond Stereotypes

An interdisciplinary Leverhulme International Network event hosted by University of St Andrews
20-21st June 2018

Organised by Prof. Margaret-Anne Hutton (Univ. of St Andrews Modern Languages; Leverhulme Network P.I.); Prof. Gregor White, Dr Robin Sloan and Dr Dayna Galloway (Abertay Univ., Dundee), Dr Matthew Barr (Univ. of Glasgow)

Literature specialists and games scholars: learn something new; do something different; challenge the stereotypes.

Full programme now available: download programme.

Register via Eventbrite

Confirmed participants:

Rhianna Pratchett
http://www.rhiannapratchett.com/

Christopher Brookmyre
https://www.brookmyre.co.uk/

Judy Tyrer
http://www.everjane.com/

Simon Meek
http://www.thesecretexperiment.co.uk/

Imre Jele
http://animalfarmgame.com/

Don Paterson
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/don-paterson

Registration

The event is free but places are limited. Please register via Eventbrite

PLAY/PAUSE Symposium – 24th January 2018, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

PLAY/PAUSE Symposium – 24th January 2018, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Gaming the System: Play, Procedure and Procedurality in Videogames and Virtual Reality

Procedures are embedded ways of understanding our cultural, social and political systems; they provide fixed guidelines and rules to be followed. While procedures are seemingly fixed, procedurality, on the other hand, is a constantly evolving mechanism for ‘creating, explaining or understanding processes’ (Bogost, 2007). For our inaugural event, PLAY/PAUSE welcomes papers that will analyse procedures and procedurality in relation to videogames and Virtual Reality (VR).

Does the procedurality of videogames offer us, as programmer Brie Code argues, the tools to adapt to a twenty-first-century ‘overwhelmed with shock, with information, with change’? Or are videogames an embodiment of the controlled degrees of freedom offered to individuals under late-capitalism and neoliberalism? Does VR technology offer unprecedented immediacy and the potential to be, as Jennifer Alsever calls it, ‘the ultimate empathy machine’? Or does it further indulge a misguided impulse towards mastery of our physical environment? And what of ‘metagames’, Stephanie Boluk and Patrick LeMieux’s term for the games ‘occurring before, after, between and during games’? Are the hacks, speed-runs and fan-made mass-involvement games like Twitch Plays Pokemon (2014) a creative flourishing of the commons? Or do they simply indicate the outsourcing of labour by media industry discourses?

This symposium provides a meeting place for researchers within and outside the field of game studies, and seeks to broaden the academic consideration of videogames and VR: away from the consideration of them as niche, relatively new technologies, towards mediums that have the capacity to encourage and create academic discourses that reflect the cultures they are created in.

We welcome a broad range of proposals for 20-minute papers on the role or significance of procedurality in regards to (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • The interplay between narrative and ludic elements of videogames
  • Embodiment and modes of perception in videogames and/or VR
  • Gaming, metagaming, and fan cultures
  • Videogames and philosophy
  • Representing and playing history in videogames
  • The influence of videogames on other media, e.g. novels, films, plays, etc.

 

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with a bibliography and short bio, should be sent to playpauseuob@gmail.com by Friday 22nd December 2017. We particularly welcome proposals from PGRs and early career researchers.

PLAY/PAUSE is part of the Centre for Digital Cultures at Birmingham, fuelling academic discussion of Videogames and Virtual Reality.

Twitter: @PLAYPAUSE_UOB
Blog: playpauseuob@wordpress.com

DiGRA 2018 – The Game is the Message – CFP

The Game is the Message

http://digra2018.com

July 25-28, 2018

Campus Luigi Einaudi, Università di Torino, Turin, Italy

Lungo Dora Siena, 100 A, 10153 Turin, Italy

Conference chairs: Riccardo Fassone and Matteo Bittanti

Games have long since moved out of the toy drawer, but our understanding of them can still benefit from seeing them in a wider context of mediated meaning-making. DiGRA 2018 follows Marshall McLuhan, and sees games as extensions of ourselves. They recalibrate our senses and redefine our social relationships. The environments they create are more conspicuous than their content. They are revealing, both of our own desires and of the society within which we live. Their message is their effect. Games change us.

To explore this change, we invite scholars, artists and industry to engage in discussions over the following tracks:

– Platforms

Game platforms invite new textualities, new technologies and new networks of power relations. Game structures, their integration with and use of the technology, as well as the affordances and restrictions offered by the platforms on which they live, influence our experience of them.

– Users

Games invite new relations between their users, and players strive for and achieve new modes of perception. This reconfigures our attention, and establishes new patterns and forms of engagement.

– Meaning-making

The connection between a game and its content is often interchangeable – a game is clearly recognizable even if the surface fiction is changed. But games still produce meanings and convey messages. We ask, what are the modes of signification and the aesthetic devices used in games? In this context we particularly invite authors to look at games that claim to be about serious topics or deal with political and social issues.

– Meta-play

The playing of the game has become content, and we invite authors to explore spectatorship, streaming, allied practices and hybrid media surrounding play and the players. How can we describe and examine the complex interweaving of practices found in these environments?

– Context

Games are subject to material, economic and cultural constraints. This track invites reflection on how these contingencies as well as production tools, industry and business demands and player interventions contribute to the process of signification.

– Poetics

Games are created within constraints, affordances, rules and permissions which give us a frame in which games generate meaning. Games have voice, a language, and they do speak. This is the poetics of games, and we invite our fellows to explore and uncover it.

– General

Games tend to break out of the formats given them, and so for this track we invite the outstanding abstracts, papers and panels on alternative topics to the pre-determined tracks.

We invite full papers, 5000 – 7000 words plus references using the DiGRA 2018 submission template (http://www.digra.org/?attachment_id=148233), extended abstracts (from 500 words, maximum 1000, excluding references), and panel submissions (1000 words excluding references, with a 100 word biography of each participant). Full papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review. Extended abstracts will be blinded and peer reviewed by committees organised by the track chairs. Panels will be reviewed by the track chairs and the program chairs. General inquiries should be addressed to Riccardo Fassone – riccardo.fassone AT unito.it. Artist contributions, industry contributions, performances or non-standard presentations should be addressed to Matteo Bittanti  – matteo.bittanti AT iulm.it .

Submission will be opened December 1st, 2017, and the final deadline for submission is January 31st 2018. The URL for submissions is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=digra2018 .

Program chairs are

Martin Gibbs, martin.gibbs AT unimelb.edu.au, University of Melbourne, Australia

Torill Elvira Mortensen, toel AT itu.dk, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Important dates:

  • Submission opens: December 1st, 2017
  • Final submission deadline: January 31st, 2018
  • Results from reviews: March 1st, 2018
  • Early registration deadline: March 15th, 2018
  • Reviewed and rewritten full papers final deadline: April 15th, 2018

British DiGRA conference 2018 – call for hosts

Following the successful first British DiGRA conference, hosted by Salford University in May this year, the British DiGRA Board are pleased to invite parties interested in hosting the next conference to apply via the form below:

https://goo.gl/forms/dcvHD16e9HNZcoy52

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 15th December, 5pm on Sunday 14th January with the conference expected to run sometime between late-April and June 2018. As soon as possible following the closing date, the Board will select a host from the submitted applications.

Queries may be addressed to Esther (neveah@gmail.com) or Matt (Matthew.Barr@glasgow.ac.uk). Applicants are encouraged to review the Inclusivity Policy: http://bdigra.org.uk/inclusivity-policy

After VR: the archaeology and potential of immersive media

13:00 – 18:00, 1 November 2017, Harvard Lecture Theatre, Winchester School of Art

Event details – More details here

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Seth Giddings at S.Giddings@soton.ac.uk .

Taking the recent revival in commercial, popular, and academic interest in virtual reality and augmented reality technologies and applications as a prompt and a provocation, this event will present current research on the genealogies, realities, and imaginaries of immersive media in art, industry and popular culture before and after the screen.

A symposium at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton on Wednesday 1st November, hosted by the Transforming Creativity research group and AMT (Archaeologies of Media and Technology research group).

Speakers will include:

Jenna Ng (University of York)
Helen W Kennedy (University of Brighton)
Michael Goddard (University of Westminster)

The event will be convened by Seth Giddings, with Jussi Parikka as respondent

Lincoln Games Research Network Inaugural event

The newly formed Lincoln Games Research Network are hosting a free 1-day symposium event on 10th November 2017, with a range of external speakers and activities.
http://games.lincoln.ac.uk/?page_id=1647

To attend, please contact Jussi Holopainen (jholopainen@lincoln.ac.uk) or Patrick Dickinson (pdickinson@lincoln.ac.uk).

Schedule:

9:00 – 9:50 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ben Kirman, University of York (Jackson Lecture Theatre), “Weirding games”.

10:00 – 10:50 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Deterding, University of York (Jackson Lecture Theatre), “Outside the box: toward an ecology of game enjoyment”.

10:50 Coffee Break. Note: Remaining Sessions in INB 1103, intLab Research Room.

11:20 – 11:40 Speaker: Dr. Paolo Ruffino, University of Lincoln.

11:40 – 12:00 Speaker: Dr. Aki Järvinen, Sheffield Hallam University.

12:00 Break for Lunch

13:00 Research Speed Dating, Professor Antonella de Angeli, University of Lincoln

14:00 Game Ideation Session, Dr. Richard Wetzel, University of Lincoln

15:00 – 15:20 Speaker: Dr. Khaled Bachour, University of Lincoln

15:20-15:40 Speaker: Dr. Elisa Rubegni, University of Lincoln

15:40 Coffee Break

16:00 Play Games!

Platform Talk Series

Next Talk: 19th Oct., Dundee

Abertay University is happy to announce its second guest lecture in a monthly series of talks called Platform. On the 19th of October (5-7 p.m.), the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games is hosting Riccardo Fassone from Torino, who will present on Ludic Closure. A Study of how games end.

Come and join us. You can also follow us on Facebook.