British DiGRA 2018

British DiGRA 2018

14th – 15th June 2018

Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DE

Registration is here –

Programme (Subject to change)

Thursday – 14th June 2018 – British DiGRA

Timetable Mellor – Digital Kiln (100) Cadman – Lecture Room – G026 (123) Cadman – Lab – C117A (48) Cadman – Lab – C117B (36)
9:00 – 9.45 Registration
9.45  – 10:00   Welcome    
10:00 – 11:15   Keynote – Matt Barr


That’s Edutainment! The Successful Mating of Games and Education

11:15 – 11:30 BREAK
11.30 –  13.00 Breakout space Papers x 3



A Glimpse of Lacan: the Erotic in Video Games

Leonardo Abate


Emergent Systems in Mao: Negotiating the Meaning of a Game by Playing the Rules

Jessica Tang


Abstracts x 3


Ready, Player Two: ‘Gamer Girlfriends’ and Affective Labour

Mahli-Ann Butt


‘As a Healer, Is It My Job to DPS?’ The Complex Negotiations of a MMORPG Class Playstyle Between the Player Community, Game Developers, and Game Design

Usva Friman


Broadcasting the Gendered Self

Stavroula Dargonaki


Paper paramedics Session 1

(sign up required)





13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (Digital Kiln)
14.00 – 15.30 Breakout space Papers x 2


Designing Sugaropolis: Digital Games as a Medium for Conveying Transnational Narratives

Robin Sloan


Innovative Digital Games to Improve Science Education through Storytelling, Mystery and myth.

Sabina Maraffi

(presented by Francesco M. Sacerdoti)

Abstracts x 3


The Sensing Sim: Games which question the Phenomenal World

Merlin Seller


Intelligibility, the ‘magic cycle’, and ‘cognitive mapping’ – whither ‘mystagogy’?

Feng Zhu


Creating Worlds with Words:

Exploring the Language of Digital Games with a Corpus-Driven Approach

Alicia Copeland


Paper paramedics Session 2

(sign up required)




Lara Coulson

15.30 – 16.00 BREAK
16.00 – 17.00 Breakout space Panel


Who are our students designing for? Ranging perspectives of Games Related Educators

Dr. Kelly Bourdeau (remote)

Dr. Robin Sloan

Kaye Elling

Dr. Ian Sturrock

Nia Wearn


Abstracts x 2


Game Balance as Creative: Destruction in League of Legends

Joshua Jarrett


What are the Socio-Political Implications of the Record-Breaking Popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?

Carina Assunção

17.00 – 17.30   BDiGRA UK chapter meet

(all welcome!)

18:30 – 23:30 Evening Social Event

Friday – 15th June 2018 – Games Teaching Day

Timetable Mellor – Digital Kiln (100) Cadman – Lecture Room – G026 (123) Cadman – Lab – C117A (48) Cadman – Lab – C117B (36)
9:30 – 9.45 Registration
9.45 – 10.00   Welcome    
10:00 – 11:15   Opening


State of The Games Industry and Educational Challenges.


TIGA and UKIE Panel





11:15 – 11.30 BREAK
11:30 – 13.00 Philip Oliver – Rebellion


Lessons from 4 decades of games development.

Round Table Discussion


The trials and tribulations of teaching technology and Game Studies – steps forward in pedagogy.


Nia Wearn (Moderator)


Ying-Ying Law

Alan O’Dea

Mike Beardwood


Abstracts x 3


A Queer Reading of Mass Effect 2 as a Greek-inspired Epic

Edith Gras


Flow It, Show It, Play It: Hair in Digital Games

Andra Ivanescu



Breakout Space
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 15.30 Technology in Game Teaching Session.


Using frameworks in game engines for teaching.


Mike Beardwood

Teaching students to run an esports event

Ying-Ying Law


Abstracts x 3 (including paramedic abstracts)


Loss and Isolation in Shadow of the Colossus

Miguel Cesar


Identifying the Design Features That Lead to Engaging Magic Systems Within Games

Lara Coulson


Breakout Space
15:30 – 16:00 Breakout Space Games Research at Staffordshire University – Research Group and PhD opportunities.
16:00 – 16:30
16:30 -17:00