British DiGRA 2018

British DiGRA 2018

14th – 15th June 2018

Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DE

Registration is here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/british-digra-conference-2018-tickets-44834192276

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)

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

 

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)

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

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