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Researching analogue and digital games

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Fully Funded AHRC PhD Scholarship: Artificial Intelligence in Analogue and Digital Games

We are pleased to announce that we have secured funding from the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership for a PhD Scholarship on Artificial Intelligence in Analogue and Digital Games to commence in September 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

You can apply for the PhD Scholarship here. read more

4th Games Degrees End of Year Showcase

Saturday 21st April, 11:00 – 15:00. John Dalton C0.17, C0.13a and C0.13b

Following another fantastic Games Degrees showcase last year, the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology will again be hosting an End of Year Showcase for our Games Degrees!  We would love for you to come along and to bring your friends and family – the event is open to all! read more

Video Games and Gambling

Loot Box

This summer GRN member Dr. Tom Brock will be joining Dr. Mark Johnson and others at the University of Alberta to research the relationship between video games and gambling practices.

‘Skin betting’ and ‘loot boxes’ are two example of a new trend in games design called ‘online real money gameplay’ that disguise gambling practices as video gameplay experiences. The research will involve interviewing games designers, analysing game mechanics, and undertaking a ‘state-of-the-art’ policy analysis to examine the motivation and impact of designers’ choices for the future of the gaming industry. read more

CFP: Gaming the Gothic

When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with the spooky elements in digital gaming. My favourite Super Mario levels where the Ghost House stages, Zombies Ate My Neighbors was like looking into a more honest mirror, and once Resident Evil came out I was never the same. Now that I’m an adult, I am working on a PhD in Spooky Gaming. (Technically the Ludology of the Gothic, but who’s counting?) Which is why I was beyond happy when Gaming the Gothic reached out to me to be on their organizing committee. read more

Gambling and Game Studies

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Mark Johnson from the University of Alberta gave a very interesting paper on the history between gambling and video games. Mark argued that ‘chance’ is an inherent feature of all games – we tend to wager something when we play. He also raised concerns about the modern day games design practices, and queried whether companies, like Electronic Arts, are purposively turning their games into ‘casinos’. This is important for understanding the future of play, particularly in terms of the way that money it. Mark ended his talk by suggesting that more research is needed into ‘daily fantasy sports’, ‘skin betting’, and ‘loot boxes’,  a project that I will be collaborating with Mark on this summer. read more

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