Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer: Games as third places revisited

Guest lecture on Wed, 15:30, F25!

Apologies for super short notice, but this is well worth your attention! Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer is visiting us from University of Augsburg and giving a talk. Feel free to attend.

Games as third places revisited

Some authors claim e.g. that the mediatized “playgrounds” of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) have the potential to establish social capital, and hence provide an opportunity for social involvement and participation (e.g. Steinkuehler/Williams, 2006). Following this approach, under specific circumstances, the mediated und ubiquitous worlds of current mobile games (a current popular example is Pokémon Go) can be understood as a form of ‚social media’, creating new socio-culturally and politically relevant spaces for interaction, which Oldenburg (1991) calls a third place (see for an empirical pilot study Wimmer 2014). Building on this the lecture looks theoretically as well as empirically at how the – intentionally non-political – participatory processes of mobile gaming are (not) being transferred into participation and engagement in other domains of social life.

References:

  • Oldenburg, Ray (1991): The great good place. New York.
  • Steinkuehler, Constance & Williams, Dmitri (2006): Where everybody knows your (screen) name: Online games as ‘third places.’ In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11 (4), article 1.
  • Wimmer, Jeffrey (2014): „There is no place like home”. The potential of commercial online gaming platforms for becoming third places. In: Quandt, Thorsten/Kröger, Sonja (Hg.): Multi.Player. Social Aspects of Digital Gaming. London: Routledge, 111-123.

Department newsletter #2

Click the image to download the newsletter PDF

This is the second of six newsletters that are created for all staff and students active at the Department of Game Design, three issues per semester. Staff can review the newsletters on the Staff Portal to receive more details there. Students are welcome to submit news, too, so send your news to: gamedesign [at] speldesign [dot] uu [dot] se.

PS. take a moment to review (and bookmark) our post on Useful student resources. Free literature, free worldwide WiFi connectivity, free lectures, software, professional networking and much more.

And join the Facebook group for GAME students- and alumni. It’s a great resource!

Lunch seminar on Energy Transition

This year the case in the course “Product development for games” is related to Energy transition. So in relation to this course a lunch seminar is organized on Friday for all students at Campus Gotland. Sandwiches will be served to everyone who registers!

Take part in a seminar focusing on energy transition and how academia and society are, can and/or should co-create for a sustainable future. Listen to three speakers present their work on sustainability challenges in cities, energy storage, and the goals and activities within the project Energy Transition Gotland.

When: September 20, 12:00-13:00
Where: Campus Gotland, Room E22

Registration: http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt14555
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2400231646711776/

Speakers:

Rafael Waters – Professor of electricity at the Dept. of Engineering science and project leader at STUNS – the foundation for collaboration between the universities of Uppsala, the business and the public sector. Rafael will discuss how regions can take on the sustainability challenges of growing cities.

Andrew Naylor – Researcher at Dept. of Chemistry, Battery research and future energy system. Andrew will focus on the need of energy storage and basic research for a sustainable energy transition process.

Johanna Liljenfeldt – Postdoctor at Dept of Earth Sciences, Project coordinator at Energy transition Gotland. Johanna will present the project energy transition Gotland and address the implication of energy transition for different actors in the society.

Digital games and (un-)sustainability

Join us in the water (you will be soon anyway…)! The world is burning, and Gotland being swallowed by the sea. As Campus Gotland will be under water soon we might as well get used to lectures in the water right now!

Put on your swimming gear, bring a towel, and join us for a climate protest and a swimming lecture on digital games and (un-)sustainability.

  • Wednesday 11th of September at 11:00 at Kallbadhuset Visby

Despite how often game developers talk about games for sustainability and social change, we tend to close our eyes tightly to the ways in which games are contributing, materially and culturally, to this catastrophe. Patrick Prax, at the Department of Game Design, will explain why this is and what we can do.

  • This lecture is open to the general public but will be particularly relevant to students at Campus Gotland who are interested in questions of sustainable development and/or game design.
  • No previous knowledge is required.
  • The lecture will be in English and is expected to take 30-45 minutes.
  • For questions please contact: Patrick Prax

Update: