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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Earlier this year the Games Research Network asked if I could write a brief blog post introducing my research. Cue various conferences, college projects, impending deadlines, a series of viral infections and a fair amount of procrastination, and we’re finally here, my first ever blog post.

Before you a city lies in ruins. Buildings burn whilst flaming meteors fall from the heavens. Gathered on a roof-top, viewing the devastation, our heroes are addressed by their leader… read more

A Half-baked Cake: Idealised Avatars In An Exergame

The Avatar

In August of last year I wrote a blog advertising my interview study on experiences of play an exercise game with an avatar that looks similar to the player.

Last week I presented some of my findings at a Games Research Network seminar and thought I would summarise the talk in this short blog post

I started the talk by defining the term avatar which has only recently received a thorough explication by Nowak and Fox (2018). In short, it is the representation of a person in digital space. This is not restricted to visual representations, but can be text, sound, and in some cases haptic. For my purposes, I am looking at avatars that specifically look like a person, and in particular, videogame characters. read more

Fully Funded AHRC PhD Scholarship: Artificial Intelligence in Analogue and Digital Games

We are pleased to announce that we have secured funding from the AHRC’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership for a PhD Scholarship on Artificial Intelligence in Analogue and Digital Games to commence in September 2018 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

You can apply for the PhD Scholarship here. read more

PhD Opportunity – Copenhagen

Perhaps some of our readers might be interested in the following funding opportunity for PhD in Game Semiotics, working with Espen Aarseth in Copenhagen. Here’s the email that Espen sent out with details of how to apply:

Dear Colleague,
As part of the team I am putting together for my ERC Advanced Grant project, MSG — Making Sense of Games, I am looking for a PhD student with excellent training in narrative theory and/or semiotics, and a keen interest in game hermeneutics. This is a salaried, three-year Scandinavian-style PhD fellowship, working language English, and the candidate must relocate to Copenhagen.
The call text and application form can be found here; the deadline is Oct 25th. Applicants must already have completed their MA thesis.
Thanks for your attention, and best wishes,
Espen Aarseth, Head of Research, Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen.
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