Aug 102020
 

Meaningful Play 2021 Conference Overview
Whether designed to entertain or to achieve more “serious” purposes, games, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have the potential to impact players’ beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, emotions, cognitive abilities, physical and mental health, and behavior.

Meaningful Play 2021 is a conference about theory, research, and game design innovations, principles and practices. Meaningful Play brings scholars and industry professionals together to understand and improve upon games to entertain, inform, educate, and persuade in meaningful ways.

The conference will include thought-provoking keynotes from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games and prototypes.

Conference Audience and Themes
The conference is primarily for:
industry and academic game researchers
industry and academic game designers and developers
game educators
students
government and NGOs interested in games

The three primary themes of the conference are:
exploring meaningful applications of games
issues in designing meaningful play
learning, education & games
The first theme includes an examination of games (of all types) from primarily an academic research perspective.

The second theme focuses on much more practical knowledge from the front-line of actual design, development, and use of games, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality experiences for meaningful purposes.

The third theme is focuses the use of games for learning and education, as well as the teaching of game making and game studies within academia.

+infos(oficial): https://meaningfulplay.msu.edu/index.php

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Jul 192020
 

“Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios en Diseño y Comunicación”

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Jul 192020
 

Arts & Design Track
Submission deadline is July 31st, 2020 for papers and August 15th, 2020 for design cases.
The Arts & Design track focuses on receiving research papers related to the design, production, expression, and enjoyment of digital games in the form of papers, posters, and design cases.

Computing Track
Submission deadline is July 31st, 2020.
We invite contributions on all aspects of Computing for Games and Digital Entertainment. Contributions can be submited in the format of papers and posters.

Culture Track
Submission deadline is July 31 st, 2020.
The Culture track addresses digital games on their most varied platforms. We also strongly encourage the submission of research that focuses on “analog” games – card games, board games, table RPGs, escape rooms, and live-action – as well as those which we identify as “mixed” (alternative, augmented, locative games, etc.).

Education Track
Submission deadline is July 31st, 2020.
You are invited to submit works for the SBGames 2020 Education track on the following topics: Literacy and literacy with games; Learning based on digital games; Evaluation of educational games; e-Sports and education; Games and distance education (or eLearning); Games and learning; Games and evaluation; Games in education; Gamification in education; Pedagogical principles of digital games; Design and development of digital games for education; Serious games.

Health Track
Submission deadline is July 31st, 2020.
The Health track is plural and consecrated for exchanges about game research and development, aiming to bring together researchers, developers, and those interested in the interface between games and health concerning its various dimensions, such as physiological, psychological, social, philosophical, collective, and ethical. Both digital and analog games are considered within the scope of this track.

Industry Track
Submission deadline is August 14th, 2020.
The Industry track configures an environment responsible for the connection between academia and industry, developing interfaces and discussions on the production and distribution of digital games. The track brings together researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and students in a vast space of collaboration and exchange of ideas.

Games and Diversity
Submission deadline is July 31st, 2020.
The Diversity in Games activity is geared towards academic and industry discussions about the relationships between games (digital and analog), the people who play them (their senses and meanings), and the collectives that develop them. The activity emphasizes the population diversity and communities, different markers (gender, race, sexuality, class, disability, geography, etc.), and contexts of vulnerability and exclusion within the games.

GranDGamesBR
Submission deadline is July 31 st, 2020.
Forum on Grand Research Challenges in Games and Entertainment Computing in Brazil.
The establishment of a common view on the theoretical and practical challenges in the field of Games and Entertainment Computing is currently required as a strategy for driving efforts regarding the existing problems faced by the Brazilian researchers and practitioners. With the aim of identifying research opportunities for the next ten years in the field of Games and Entertainment Computing in Brazil, SBGAMES 2020 presents a forum for discussions towards the Grand Research Challenges in Games and Entertainment Computing in Brazil – GranDGamesBR – organized by Prof. Rodrigo Santos (UNIRIO) and Prof. Marcelo da Silva Hounsell (UDESC).

CTDGames
Submission deadline is July 31 st, 2020.
The CTDGames (Concurso de Teses e Dissertações do SBGames) provides an opportunity for researchers who have completed master’s or doctoral degree related to games and digital entertainment. The goals of CTDGames 2020 are to disseminate and award the best MSc dissertations and DSc thesis concluded from January to December 2019 related to games and digital entertainment.

G2 Workshop
Submission deadline is July 31 st, 2020.
The G2 Workshop activity targets students who are taking the undergraduate course in any area (Bachelor, Degree or Technological), and who have developed works related to digital games. The goal is to promote contact between students and renowned experts in the field.

Tutorials
Submission deadline will be available soon.
The purpose of the tutorials is to expand the knowledge in the fields related to Games. Tutorials sessions bring talks from specialists, opening new research topics to the community.

Arts Exhibition
Submission deadline is August 23rd, 2020.
The Arts Exhibition activity opens space for artists to expose their works in several categories, such as Concept Art, In Game Screenshot, BoardGame Art, and Artistic Experimentations and Fan Arts in Games.

+infos(oficial): https://www.sbgames.org/sbgames2020/

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May 182020
 

Estes dois locais, são indicados como boas referências para quem queira publicar artigos relacionados com Games for Health! fica aqui o registo da sua existência.

JMIR Serious Games
A multidisciplinary journal on gaming and gamification including simulation and immersive virtual reality for health education/promotion, teaching, and social change
+infos(oficial): LINK

Games for Health Journal
Games for Health Journal is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the impact of game research, technologies, and applications on human health and well-being. This ground-breaking publication delivers original research that directly impacts this emerging, widely-recognized, and increasingly adopted area of healthcare.
Games are rapidly becoming an important tool for improving health behaviors ranging from healthy lifestyle habits and behavior modification, to self-management of illness and chronic conditions to motivating and supporting physical activity. Games are also increasingly used to train healthcare professionals in methods for diagnosis, medical procedures, patient monitoring, as well as for responding to epidemics and natural disasters. Games for Health Journal is a must for anyone interested in the research and design of health games that integrate well-tested, evidence-based behavioral health strategies to help improve health behaviors and to support the delivery of care.
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May 182020
 

“Acta Ludologica is a double-blind peer-reviewed scientific journal published twice a year (both online and print), indexed in the ICI Journals Master List. It focuses on the discourse of games and digital games, including theoretical and empirical studies, research results, and their implementation into practice, as well as professional publication reviews and scientific reviews of digital games. Submissions are accepted only in English, no fees for publishing.
Journal issues contain scientific reflections on media and digital competencies, creation, design, marketing, research, development, psychology, sociology, history, and the future associated with games and digital games.”

+infos(oficial): www.actaludologica.com

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May 182020
 

IJSG – International Journal of Serious Games
“The IJSG publishes original, peer-reviewed, scientific articles addressing theoretical, experimental and operational aspects in the areas related to design, development, engineering, deployment and assessment of digital Serious Games (SGs). IJSG aims at being a high-level reference point for a growing academic and industrial community, providing innovative research ideas and application results, reporting on pressing challenges and leading-edge research.

The journal encourages submission of manuscripts that enhance foundations of game-based learning and SG design, present innovative technological solutions aimed to improve teaching and learning, and/or provide user studies about deployment of SGs in educational or corporate training settings. All papers should advance the state of the art in the relevant area. Empirical studies are strongly encouraged. Papers may be one of several types: research paper; tutorial/survey; research note/short paper; software/algorithms; addendum/corrections; datasets.”

+infos(oficial): LINK

Ludic Language Pedagogy
“LLP is a non-profit project to bring together people and conversations around how best to integrate games and play into language teaching and learning. The mission of Ludic Language Pedagogy is to promote open, scholarly and practical conversations around purposeful and progressive uses of games and play in language teaching and learning. We are committed to:
Promoting ideas, experiences and research that investigate the mindful intersection of games and language teaching and learning,
Curating materials (submitted in conjunction with manuscripts) that other teachers and researchers can use in their contexts,
Communicating with the community, not only through this journal but via SNS and regular public connections (podcast, webinars, Slack channels, etc.).”

+infos(oficial): https://www.llpjournal.org/

ArsGames
“ArsGames es una entidad internacional sin ánimo de lucro que promueve y gestiona proyectos de carácter cultural relacionados con los videojuegos y las nuevas tecnologías a partir de áreas de acción transversales: arte, pedagogía y formación, investigación científica, inclusión digital y participación ciudadana. Los objetivos de la la entidad son:
Impulsar la transformación social a través de proyectos pedagógicos fundamentados en la cultura del videojuego.
Promover investigación transacadémica en las disciplinas de los Game Studies como puente entre la sociedad y la academia
Generar innovación tecnosocial por medio de la exploración de nuevos modelos de creación, producción, distribución de videojuegos y los productos editoriales dentro del marco de creación del software y de la cultura libre.
Promover y garantizar el acceso de mujeres y personas con identidades no heteronormativas al ámbito STEAM (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería, Arte y Matemática), del que tradicionalmente se han visto marginadas.”

+infos(oficial): https://arsgames.net/

Lista de referências:
https://www.rkowert.com/resources/games-research-journals

outros:
American Journal of Play
Analog Game Studies
Board Game Studies
GamEnvironments
Game and Puzzle Design
International Journal of Computer Games Technology
International Journal of Play
International Journal of Play Therapy
Journal of Play in Adulthood
Journal of the Philosophy of Games
Kinephanos
Play and Culture Studies
Sports, Ethics, and Philosophy
VGA Reader
Games & Culture, Game Studies, Simulation & Gaming
The Games and Culture

 

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May 182020
 

Um livro grátis que debate o tema de: aprender com os jogos 🙂 que foi feito no âmbito do Erasmus+ LEVEL e GameON, e que envolveu várias Escolas portuguesas do secundário 🙂

+infos(oficial): http://eduproject.eu/game-based-learning/

 

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May 182020
 

“Press Start is a peer reviewed game studies journal that is run by graduate students and exclusively publishes student work” que fixe 🙂

+infos(oficial): https://press-start.gla.ac.uk/

 

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May 162020
 

THEME
Inspired by the rich history of Malta which spans over 7 millennia, the theme for FDG 2020 is “Games and their Heritage”. While this theme seems especially suited for academics interested in archeology and games, its topics are not limited to social sciences. For game criticism, the theme is appropriate for a reflection on ethics in video games—as well as ethics in game academia, which is becoming ever-more relevant. Games for a purpose around cultural heritage, history education etc. can be highlighted. The theme can challenge current practices in game technology and AI, focusing on ensuring replicability and the creation of persistent repositories, corpora or shared wiki-spaces. For game design and player experience, the theme motivates comparisons of past and current games in the same genre, or remakes of the same game. More broadly, “games and their heritage” is a relevant theme to incentivize surveys and meta-reviews of past work.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS
FDG invites authors to submit papers up to 10 pages long, excluding references, reporting new research. Papers need to be anonymized and submitted in the ACM SIGCONF version of the ACM Master Template to a paper track. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings under their track. When submitting, authors are requested to select one of the following tracks that fits most closely with their submission.

GAME ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
This track focuses on the many applications of computational and artificial intelligence to the playing, design, development, improvement, and testing of video games. Topics include general game-playing AI, procedural and player-driven content generation, mixed-initiative authoring tools, computational narrative, believable agents, and AI assisted game design.

GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
This track focuses on research that furthers the practice of game design and development. Submissions that examine, validate, invalidate, or create game making practices, patterns, mechanics, dynamics or aesthetics are encouraged to submit. Such work includes innovative and alternative methods of design, practical examinations of implementation protocol, socio-cultural critique of game-making culture, and empirical analysis of game-making processes and more. The focus of this track is scholarly examination of game design and development, as produced through case studies, A/B testing, review of literature, comparative analysis or other such appropriate efforts.

GAME CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS
This track calls for papers that approach the criticism and analysis of games from humanities-informed perspectives. Submissions are encouraged from scholars engaging in narrative, visual and software studies approaches to games and games criticism using methodologies such as archival research, hermeneutics, and oral history. This track will also consider critical theoretical and/or historical analysis of games, and game genres from perspectives such as (but not limited to) postcolonial theory, feminism, historicism, subaltern studies, queer theory, the environmental humanities, and psychoanalysis.

COMPUTER-HUMAN INTERACTION AND PLAYER EXPERIENCE
This track focuses on the exploration of different ways for designing and implementing interaction between the player and the game, as well as on understanding the experiences derived from those interactions. This track will consider qualitative and quantitative experimental studies. Topics include, but not limited to, persuasive games, augmented reality, virtual reality, novel controllers, user research, and player psychology.

GAME ANALYTICS AND VISUALIZATION
This track is suitable for all papers pertaining to aspects of game data science, analytics and game data visualization. This includes work based on player behavioral data analysis, including player modeling, churn analysis, and creating or understanding players’ profiles as well as aspects of business intelligence, such as performance evaluation or workflow optimization. Papers submitted to this track should present contributions that advance the current state-of-the-art, taking into account the knowledge bases in academia and industry, of players, play behaviors, processes or performance. We encourage submissions that span methodological approaches including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods, as well as novel contributions to methodological approaches. Examples of topics include visualization of game data, analysis of behavioral (or other) game data, advances in methodological approaches to analyze and visualize game data, as well as applying or expanding statistical methods, machine learning, including deep learning, and AI, as well as visualization algorithms used to collect or analyze game data.

GAME TECHNOLOGY
This track is suitable for papers on game engines, frameworks, computer graphics techniques, rendering, animation, networking, novel interaction techniques (such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and alternate controller schemes) and other technical areas. Papers submitted to this track should advance our technical knowledge in creating games. Papers on analytics, visualization and artificial intelligence should be submitted to the more specific track and not this one.

GAMES BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT
This track calls for papers showing results on the use of games, gaming, and game design for primary goals that are not entertainment. Topics include serious or transformational games, games with a purpose, advergames and exergames, gamification and gameful design, game-based learning and curricula, informal learning in games, and educational and other ‘serious’ uses of entertainment games and gaming practices. Authors are encouraged to highlight the importance of the target problem that the game is addressing, and how their design or research findings makes a contribution to the current state of research on games for a purpose.

GAME EDUCATION
This track is concerned with the teaching of games, game development and design, and game-related concepts at all levels of education and training. Topics include design and development of curricula, instructional methods, teaching tools and techniques, assessment methods, learning/instructional activities, collegiate game programs, e-sports and educational program management. (Note: for research in gamified and game-based learning, please submit to Games beyond Entertainment track, unless it is work on game-based/gamified learning of game concepts).

+infos(oficial): http://www.fdg2020.org/

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May 162020
 

“Digital Literacy and Computational Thinking Education enhanced through digital games has gathered substantial academic interest in recent years. Digital Literacy does not only involve functional and operational skills, and the ability to use digital media, but encompasses skills such as critical and analytical thinking for understanding, decoding, and analysing embedded ideas, values, and messages, and further considering the social and cultural context these media are situated in.

Similarly, Computational Thinking involves higher order cognitive skills such as planning, systematic thinking, algorithmic building and problem solving, with interdisciplinary implications particularly for navigating the digital world and recognising emerging phenomena such as the construction of algorithmic identities, filter bubbles, misinformation and disinformation, and bias.

The goal of this workshop is to advance knowledge, improve theoretical understanding and disseminate practices for the teaching and learning of Digital Literacy and Computational Thinking through digital games, by bringing together researchers, game designers and developers, and educators, and foster discussion about the current state of the field.

We invite contributions from within and across any discipline committed to advancing knowledge on the foundations of games: computer science and engineering, humanities and social sciences, arts and design, mathematics and natural sciences.

Papers may cover a variety of topics relevant to digital games enhanced computational thinking and digital literacy education, including but not limited to:

Digital literacy and game based learning
Computational thinking and digital games
Digital Games Literacy
Digital games and scientific thinking
Game design for digital literacy, computational thinking, and scientific thinking
Game development for digital literacy, computational thinking, and scientific thinking
Case studies of implementation of game based learning for digital literacy and/or
Computational thinking in formal education settings
Games for digital literacy and/or computational thinking in formal and non-formal learning settings
Hybrid and non-digital games for digital literacy and/or computational thinking
Digital games as cultural media
Teaching and learning about Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning through digital games – AI literacy
Theoretical implications of digital literacy and/or computational thinking through game based learning
AI in games for computational thinking
Learner and educator modeling and profiling
Generative systems for enhancing computational thinking
Computational Thinking Education by developing digital games”

+infos(oficial): http://compthink.institutedigitalgames.com/

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