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Event: Games for the Many

Have you ever wondered if games can effect political change?

They can.

Games for the Many is a new political games studio and community of political game makers exploring how to make political impact with play, developing games as digital campaigning tools. We believe games can change the world, for the many, not the few. read more

Event: Northwest Postgraduate Games Research Networking

Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018, 13:30 -16:00

MMU Union, Meeting Room 8

The Games Research Network is excited to be hosting its first meeting for postgraduates researching games and play.

This event is intended to lay the foundation for a network of postgraduate students and post-docs from across disciplines, who are working on (or have an interest in) digital games, board/tabletop games, and play. We’re inviting researchers from universities in the north-west of England and beyond to take part. read more

Gaming at the Smoke – Designing a Horror LARP

This weekend we attended The Smoke, an international LARP festival in London, now in its second year. We were there to test the design of a horror LARP we have developed for people who have not experienced LARP before, and in the process encountered a range of LARP communities and types new to us both. Attendees at the Smoke had begun to refer to these as “LARP islands” and it seems that each has its own dialect and practices of LARP. read more

Call for Papers: Playing Dead

Playing Dead, University of York (17/05/2018)  

It is the aim of this one-day symposium to explore the intersections that exist between death, culture and play. Play is used in a board sense to mean leisure activities more generally and, as such, not only encapsulates the playing of (non-)digital games, but also the consumption of cinema, literature, comics, etc. Alongside a keynote address from Professor Christopher Partridge (Lancaster University) abstracts are sought from individuals wishing to present a twenty-minute paper. Abstracts are due by no later than 28 February 2018. read more

What is LARP?

On Wednesday 13th December, we will be running a horror-themed LARP for members of the Games Research Network at MMU. LARP stands for “live action role play”, and may be sometimes called LRP or “live gaming”. LARP was once the subject of derisive mockery in mainstream culture – the 2008 movie, Role Models, provides one particularly excruciating example. However, with the rise of broader “geek culture” to the mainstream, LARP in the UK is becoming more visible and more popular (see this recent article on “The Art of LARP”). Elements of LARP (costume, staged dramatic scenes, live character interaction) are increasingly incorporated into theatrical events and tourist attractions, such as the zombie walk, ghost tours and immersive theatre experiences. read more

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