Conference: GAME : A Three Day Video games Event at Macquarie University

Running from October 27th – 29th at Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney Australia, GAME consists of a free public debate on video game politics and policy, an academic conference featuring world renowned keynote speakers Ian Bogost (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen), and a games festival.

Other speakers include:

· Martin Slater (2K Games)

· Professor Terry Flew (Australian Law Reform

· Paul Hunt (MLCS
Management & Former Deputy Director of the OFLC)

· Associate Professor Jeffery Brand (Bond University)

and more …

Details after the jump

Thursday October 27 – The Politics of
Play Public Debate

This public roundtable will discuss the contentious and complex issues surrounding the content, classification and effect of video games on our society. Speakers at this roundtable include: Professor Terry Flew (Australian Law Reform Commission), David Emery(Classification Branch), Zahid Gameldien (Classification Board), Paul Hunt (MLCS Management & Former Deputy Director of the OFLC), Associate Professor Jeffery Brand (Bond University), Dr John Martino (Victoria University), Dr Peter Chen (University of Sydney) and Dr Rowan Tulloch (Macquarie University).

The debate is free and open to members of the public.

Friday October 28 – Theorycraft

The study of video games is a recent endeavour, bringing together disciplines from within the humanities such as media and literary studies with computer and human sciences. This conference will explore some of the key developments in contemporary research both internationally and here in Australia. The keynote speakers for this event are Professor Ian Bogost (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Associate Professor Espen Aarseth (IT University of Copenhagen). Other speakers include: Dr Chris Chesher (University of Sydney), Dr John Banks (QUT), Peggy Sheehy and Dean Groom.

The conference will feature a final panel, ‘The Future of Games’ which will explore the future of game development including: augmented reality, social, mobile and casual gaming, and the increasing use of video games in educational settings. Participants in this panel include: Martin Slater (2K Games), Dr Larissa Hjorth (RMIT) and Dr Mark Finn (Swinburne).

The cost for entry to Theorycraft is $120 standard entry, $50 for students.

Saturday October 29 – Game On! Festival

Join Goose from ABC’s Good Game to design & play games, chat with indie developers, listen to info sessions & participate in live action Zombie games. There is something for everyone! Game On will also host a showcase of primary, secondary and tertiary student design projects as well as information sessions on gaming in education, studying games design and cyber safety.

To register for these events, please visit the Interactive Media Institute’s website at:

For enquires please contact Holly Randell-Moon at:

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