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Ludotopia II, 24-25 February

Teun Dubbelman will present at the Ludotopia II Conference, The University of Salford, Greater Manchester. This conference on the spatial aspects of computer games is organised by Mathias Fuchs, Espen Aarseth and Stephan Guenzel.

From the conference website:

“LUDOTOPIA” is the key term and programmatic notion for spatial aspects of computergames. The questions we are interested in range from cartography in games, pervasiveness of game spaces, narrative and spatiality, theories of space as applicable to videogames, space as threat, and analyses of videogame space in terms of traditional conceptions of topology.

Scholars from Game Studies, Philosophy, Media Studies, Cultural Studies and related fields handed in proposals for the Ludotopia I held in Copenhagen in May 2010. Ludotopia II built upon the findings and emerging questions raised at Ludotopia I and tries to critically review and revise the body of research accumulated at an earlier stage. More info…

Bastard Culture! now available.

From the blog of Mirko Tobias Schäfer:

“Profound and meticulously researched work, which has expanded my worldview.”Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs. The Next Social Revolution

“Invited or not, the brilliant and not-so-brilliant members of our digital culture are actively participating. We’re not just using but changing, repurposing, and re-inventing the technologies set before us. Bastard or not, the reality we are creating together is an odd and often unconscious collaboration between people, corporations, and technology itself. Schaefer has patiently, deliberately, and quite engagingly exposed this hidden landscape of cultural production, and shown us what we might do to direct it toward positive, even evolutionary ends.”
Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed. Ten Commands for a Digital Age

From the back-cover:

New online technologies have brought with them a great promise of freedom. The computer and particularly the Internet have been represented as enabling technologies, turning consumers into users and users into producers. Furthermore, lay people and amateurs have been enthusiastically greeted as heroes of the digital era. This thoughtful study casts a fresh light on the shaping of user participation in the context of, among others, popular discourse in and around new media.
Schäfer’s research into hacking, fan communities and Web 2.0 applications demonstrates how the dynamic of innovation, control and interaction have shifted the boundaries of the traditional culture industry into the user domain. The media industry undergoes a shift from creating content to providing platforms for user driven social interactions and user‐generated content. In this extended culture industry, participation unfolds not only in the co‐creation of media content and software‐based products, but also in the development and defense of distinctive media practices.

Order the book at AUP
Download the pdf version.

Level Up, inaugural conference of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA)


In November 2003 the GAP organized Level Up, the inaugural conference of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) in cooperation with DiGRA and leading academic and industry partners.
Computer games have become one of the main parts of the entertainment industry and an important element in our daily life. They also challenge the academic community with opportunities in a rapidly developing field of enquiry.
Approaching computer games as an autonomous field of academic research, the presentations of the conference studied computer, console, mobile and online games from the points of view of game design and reception, from social and cultural perspectives and paid special attention to computer game methodologies. You can find the conference proceedings HERE. You can also enjoy some pictures below via Jason Della Rocca.