CfP: Multiple Approaches to Game Analysis Workshop (3-4 May, ’16)

Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen), Emmanuel Guardiola (Cologne Game Lab, TH-Köln) and Jussi Holopainen (Centre for Game Design Research, RMIT University/RMIT Europe) invite you to apply for a workshop on game analysis.  The number of participants is limited.

Multiple Approaches to Game Analysis Workshop
3-4 May 2016, Cologne Game Lab, Cologne, Germany (www.colognegamelab.de)

The deadline of the call for participants of the Multiple Approaches Game Analysis Workshop is Saturday 13 February 2016.

Workshop Goal

Game analysis is a part of game studies and teaching.  The multitude of disciplines and points of view on a game offer us many ways to do it.  This workshop wants to explore this multiplicity, to discuss our methodologies, our models, and to extract some best practices.

The participant present their analysis on either Witcher 3 or Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine.  This selection of games hopefully enables a wide variety of different approaches while still focusing on limited range of content.

The objectives and the nature of the approaches are open.  For example, the focus of the analysis could be on meaning, gameplay, art direction, ergonomic, game design, player’s emotion, narration, psychological aspects, or players’ strategies. Other approaches are naturally not excluded.

The workshop is divided into two parts. First, the participants present their analyses for discussion. In the second part the participants will work in small groups on specific topics identified during the first part.

The workshop productions will be communicate in a book.

Format of Proposals

If you want to apply to this workshop, prepare a 1000 words (excluding references) abstract presenting your analysis of either Witcher 3 or Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine. Please send the abstract as a pdf to magaw16@colognegamelab.de by 8th of February 2016.

Official links
Witcher 3:   http://thewitcher.com/witcher3
Monaco:   http://www.monacoismine.com/

Important dates

Proposals: 8 February 2016 (Extended to: 13 February 2016)

Notifications of acceptance: 22nd of February 2016


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