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Researching analogue and digital games

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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.The games selected for investment will reflect the passion and commitment of the players that MMU has to offer.Please come along to our first meeting =&0=& =&1=&.We will use this meeting to scope interest in esports at MMU as well as to discuss the role of the University’s Games Research Network (http://gamesresearchnetwork.org/about-2/) in supporting its development going forward.We look forward to seeing you there.For any immediate enquiries, please contact Dr. Tom Brock (t.brock@mmu.ac.uk) or Dr. Matthew Crossley (M.Crossley@mmu.ac.uk)”.

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

Hall or Nothing

Over the past few weeks, Tristan Hall has joined us at our evening meetings to show us his two new games, Gloom of Kilforth, a fantasy card game that successfully Kickstarted in 2015 and which arrives in the UK this month, and his next game 1066, Tears to Many Mothers.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name’s Tristan Hall (ninjadorg on boardgamegeek) and, well, I designed those two games that you mentioned! I also run a board gaming podcast called Board Chitless. read more

Warlock of Firetop Mountain – From Analogue to Digital

First, a moment of disclosure. I like actual – I’m trying to avoid the word real– things. I read David Sax’s recent book The Revenge of Analog with pleasure, nodding along at all the right moments, and generally subscribing to the argument of the book’s subtitle, that ‘real things matter.’ I’m also a long-standing fan of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s Fighting Fantasy Adventure Gamebooks, a series I read when it was first released in the 1980s, and on which I’ve written before in an attempt to confirm my sense that the print form has affordances that don’t translate easily to the digital realm. So, when I downloaded Tin Man Games’ reboot of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain I did so with a set of preconceptions – pre-formed questions at least – that make it necessary to say that what follows isn’t so much a review of the app – which would require a measure of concern for the intended player-readers — as a series of thoughts on the remediation of Jackson and Livingstone’s first gamebook into a new digital format. read more

Book Review – Connected Gaming

Connected Gaming – What Making Video Games Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy

By Yasmin B. Kafai and Quinn Burke

MIT Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780262035378

This book presents an introduction to the ‘Connected Gaming’ approach of using video games for learning, advocating for an integrated methodology that encompasses both an instructionist and a constructionist mindset. Central to this thesis is that for students to maximise their learning it is essential for them to not only play video games but to make them as well. The authors of this book build on the work of the noted gaming scholar James Paul Gee, and indeed the title is itself an homage to Gee’s 2003 text What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. read more

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