CFP: DiGRA 2009

December 31, 2008

DiGRA 2009 will be held at Brunel University, West London, United Kingdom from 1st September to 4th September 2009.

Further infrmation is available at DiGRA website: http://www.digra.org/ .

See you in London!

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DiGRA Japan will have an annual meeting in August 1, 2008 at the University of Tokyo. It is a open conference and some reports on the activities in FY 2007 including this DiGRA2007 will be presented!

In Game Studies Download session at Game Developers Conference 08 on February 20, 2008, DiGRA2007 papers including “What’s My Game Character Worth – The Value Components of MMOG Characters” by Tomi Kujanpää, Tony Manninen and Laura Vallius were ranked in the top 10 list of academic findings and the “shadow list” of research findings that the editors couldn’t fit on the first top 10 list for GDC.

All the papers presented at DiGRA2007 Tokyo: Situated Play are available at DiGRA Digital Library.

Frans Mäyrä, DiGRA2007 International Advisory Board, had announced new site GamesCulture.org provided by International Study of Games Cultures (InGa) project. It says:

In the spirit of the recent “Situated Play” conference (DiGRA 2007), we propose a collaborative effort of collecting together research, observation and data about forms of play around the world.

We have more than 350 attendees from 29 counties in DiGRA2007 Tokyo. At DiGRA2007 we found that we have own unwritten history of game research in each environment — language, culture, school, and market.

In addition, we’d had a trouble to get enough reviewers before the conference. We’ll need more contributors in the future international conference. And now is the time to build a global network of game researchers.

We just published the immediate conference report:

http://www.digra2007.jp/report.html

It is published in Japanese first, then translated in English. So some sentences need blush-up.

DiGRA2007 in the press

August 18, 2007

Mr. Kiyoshi Shin, a member of DiGRA2007 conference committee, wrote an article on the game related events including DiGRA2007 in this autumn.

Fall of this year, many game events appear: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry joined and the actual field confused?

The article is in Japanese and you may be use Japanese-English translation service in Google or Altavista. Raph Koster and other guest speakers at the co-located events are introduced.

A symposium on “virtual world, law, and economy” is held on July 21, Saturday in Tokyo(Information in Japanese). It is a kind of State of Play Conference, as Prof. Yamaguchi, one of the panelist said. Other panalists include a law professor Hideaki Shirata, economy leader Joi Ito, etc.

We will go to the symposium to promoto DiGRA2007 conference. As DiGRA Japan is so small to promote DiGRA2007 conference information but it has many friendship organizations, we have to visit other conference/agencies every week :-p.

We have an annual meeting of DiGRA JAPAN in this evening. We prepare the yearly report and the promotion of DiGRA2007.

DiGRA JAPAN has been established in one years ago.

Online calendar information

January 3, 2007

We have make game researcher’s event calendar at Google Calendar service. You can check and surprise how many game events appeare in this year!