Games Research Network

Researching analogue and digital games

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Events: ‘Video Games and Representation’ (May) & ‘Practice and/as Media Industry Research’ (June)

Followers of the website may be interested in these two events:

Video Games and Representation Workshop May 2017
Workshop: Representation in video games / researching representation in industry and production
May 16th UCL Knowledge Lab, Central London
Free to attend, places are limited. Please email me to reserve your place (
Convenors: Diane Carr and Caroline Pelletier
Confirmed speakers: Alison Harvey, Aphra Kerr, Helen Kennedy, Ewan Kirkland, Darshana Jayemanne, William Huber, Nina Seppala, Diane Carr, Caroline Pelletier

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Building Materials

New research has been published that investigates the use of Minecraft to teach college students in the US about materials science.

The interdisciplinary research team (which included a materials scientist, two chemists, and a games design expert) developed a ‘mod’ for Minecraft, a game about placing blocks and going on adventures in which the default protagonist is a character called Steve. The ‘Polycraft World’ mod enables players to use material science and chemistry to complete specific in-game activities. These activities range from the harvesting and processing of natural rubber to make pogo sticks, to the conversion of crude oil into a jetpack via chemical synthesis and distillation techniques. The students are also provided with instructions on how to complete these activities and the underlying theory behind them via an accompanying Wiki.

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C4P: DiGRA UK 2017

The Digital Games Research Association United Kingdom (DiGRA UK) has recently announced a Call for Participation for the conference of the association, to be held on the 5th May, 2017, at the MediaCityUK in Salford.

DiGRA UK acts as an international advocate and networking platform aiming to set teaching standards and engage directly with the entertainment software industry, and the details of the Call for Participation can be found below:

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