1st Global Conference:Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jul 10, 2009 End Date/Time: Jul 10, 2009
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1st Global Conference Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment Friday 10th July - Sunday 12th July 2009 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Papers This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with the issues and implications created by the mass use of computers and videogames for human entertainment and focus on the impact of innovative videogame titles and interfaces for human communication and ludic culture. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural contexts within which videogames flourish. Papers, presentations, workshops and reports are invited on any of the following themes: 1. Videogames and Gaming Theories and Concepts of Gaming. Identifying Key Features and Issues. 2. Videogame Cultures Emerging Practices in Online and Offline Gaming. The changing Role of the Player. Social Dimension of Online Gaming and Presence in Virtual Worlds. Videogame Modifications, Modders and their Subcultures. Avatars and Identity. 3. Videogame Technologies and the Future of Interactive Entertainment The Spatiology of Videogames and Virtual Worlds. Interaction, Interactivity and Collaboration in Videogames. The Role of Innovative Interfaces. Hard Core and Casual Gaming. 4. The History of Virtual Worlds and their Cultures The Evolution of Gaming Communities. The Cult Videogames and Interfac