Games Research Network

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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

The psychology of gaming: Are we still talking about gender?

There is an assumption that if I say I’m a gamer, we’re talking mobile game Candy Crush, not retro classic Super Metroid (which is not as easy as speed-runners make it look). Women who are brave enough to identify as gamers are often exposed to hostile online gaming environments and are subject to a lot of gatekeeping. There is still the feeling that men decide who ‘gets’ to be a gamer and what a ‘real gamer’ looks like. 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

Are Video Games a Waste of Time?

One of the members of the Games Research Network, Tom Brock, was recently interviewed by the BBC World Service for their flagship investigative program ‘The Inquiry.’ You can check it out here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csv1bv

Tom appears at about 17:30 in, where he extols the wonders of Dark Souls, compares video gamers to piano players, discusses the useful skills that are developed by gamers, and reveals the joys of “punishing himself with puzzles.” read more

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