CfP: Different Games 2015

Different Games, the first conference on inclusivity and diversity in games, invites participants for its 2015 edition at NYU MAGNET, located in Brooklyn, NY, on Friday April 3 and Saturday April 4. After a hugely successful 2nd year that welcomed 40­ some speakers, dozens of original games and more than 300 attendees, Different Games is back for a third edition and we can’t wait to come together again this April!

Critical voices from across the games community— including designers, activists, researchers, journalists and others— are invited to present new and recent work as part of our two day program. Submissions are invited before Feb 1, 2015 in three categories (though we welcome other ideas):

Arcade: Designers interested in showcasing their game in the Different Games arcade should submit a brief overview of their game (no more than 500 words) that includes their design vision and concept of the game. In addition, please submit the cover art and two screenshots of gameplay. We welcome pieces that will be in (beta) or play­testing phase as well as those further along in the development process.

Paper Presentations and Talks: We invite academics and creative minds alike to share recent work (written or otherwise) as speakers on our conference panels. We encourage participants from every field to submit writing or talks exploring topics pertaining to diversity and inclusion. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: post mortems, design methodology, reflections on playtesting, analysis/commentary on games content (theme, gender, sexuality, etc.), game reception, and game culture/communities.

Breakout or Workshop Sessions: We invite topic­ specific or exploratory discussions on challenges and solutions for promoting diversity and inclusion in the broader game community/communities and other pertinent subjects. Hands­on workshop sessions geared towards learning design and development skills are also invited. Your proposal should include an explanation of any equipment participants will need for your workshop. If your session will be facilitated collaboratively, please include bios and links for all co­facilitators.

Visit our website for more info or to submit. Send questions to DifferentGamesConference@gmail.com.


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