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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

International Games Week

International Games Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. This year, International Games Week is October 29th – November 4th, 2017, and the Games Research Network have teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University Library to help contribute. read more

Interested in playing video games competitively?

In collaboration with MMU’s Gaming Society, we would like to invite all Manchester Met students to register their interest in developing esports at MMU.

Esports or electronic sports is the umbrella term typically used to describe organised, competitive gaming played by professionals.

We are seeking players who are enthusiastic about playing video games competitively to begin formalising structures of support for esports at a University-wide level. This includes access to equipment, administrative support, marketing, and invitations to a range of local and national competitions. read more

Games and Culture Symposium (10 Feb)

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages at Manchester University is hosting a symposium that may be of interest:

Games and Culture
Symposium
10 February, 2-6 P.M.
Zochonis Building, Theatre D
This event will consider history, games and culture, with contributions from two
of the leading scholars in this area presenting new work. It will also include
research networking, with the opportunity to discuss issues related to games
with scholars from a range of disciplines. read more

CFP: Board Game Studies Colloquium XX

Here’s a Call for Papers that might be of interest to network members:

Board Game Studies Colloquium XX: Models, Metaphors, Meanings at The University of Copenhagen, Denmark (17-20 May, 2017)

The Board Game Studies Colloquium is an annual event which gathers a wide range of scholars, curators, inventors, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world to present and discuss new research in the burgeoning field of game studies. It has traditionally focused on historical board, card, and dice games, but later years have begun to feel the impact from the current explosion in non-digital gaming. This year, too, we would like to welcome speakers from both sides of the game board, so to speak, in an attempt to further our collective understanding of the origins and development of contemporary games. read more

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