Nov 282022
 

Acta Ludologica (ISSN 2585-8599, e-ISSN 2585-9218) is a double-blind peer-reviewed scientific journal published twice a year in both online and print versions. It focuses on the comprehensive 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.

Journal issues include scientific reflections on digital and non-digital games, and related media and digital competencies, their creation, design, development, research, history, sociology, psychology, marketing, and the future associated with phenomena of the digital-gaming sector. The journal has no thematically oriented issues, so this CFP is general for manuscripts of any topics related to games and digital games.

Acta Ludologica’s sections: game studies, interview, reviews, add-ons

More information about the individual journal sections, instructions for authors, as well as templates are available in the journal’s Guidelines. Submitted manuscripts should strictly follow the outlined format as well as the journal’s Citation Rules.

Submissions are accepted only in English, with no publication fees, article-processing charges (APCs), or article submission charges.

Contact and manuscript submissions: actaludologica@fmk.sk

Journal’s web and open access archive: www.actaludologica.com

Acta Ludologica is indexed in ERIH Plus, ICI Journals Master List, Ulrich’s Periodical Directory, CEEOL, and CEJSH. In addition, the journal is under the indexing process for the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) – Web of Science Core Collection, Scopus, Cabell’s Directories, and EBSCO.

The submissions deadline is December 31, 2022.

Game Studies: theoretical articles in the extent of 21,600-54,000 characters (12-30 author pages); research results and their practical implementation in the extent of 12,600-54,000 characters (7-30 author pages)
Interview: interviews with people, whose contribution is important to the development of game studies and the digital game sector (scholars and scientists of games studies and related fields, game developers, professionals of the gaming sector, game events organizers, etc.), to the extent of 5,400-18,000 characters (3-10 author pages);
Reviews: reviews of monographs and textbooks from the fields of digital games and game studies, which are not older than one year, in the extent of 5,400-9,000 characters (3-5 author pages); reviews of digital games based on specific context of theoretical or research framework, in the extent of 5,400-9,000 characters (3-5 author pages);
Add-ons: short-ranged scientific, philosophical and artistic reflections on phenomena of the comprehensive game world in the extent of 3,600 characters (1-2 author pages)”

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Sep 242022
 

Gostava de ler este artigo “Introduction on THINKING: Bioengineering of Science and Art” de Nima Rezaei e Amene Saghazadeh

“THINKING: Bioengineering of Science and Art is inclusive of the philosophy of thinking by using different knowledge works. This chapter is, therefore, no longer an attempt to introduce the book. Rather, we notice thoughts of different contexts and many relations among them, giving rise to various sets of integrations. One important result of this introduction is that integrated thinking represents the highest level of development, and scientific thinking may be only one of many integrant elements and a range of integrative relations—the point to which we devote our attention in THINKING: Bioengineering of Science and Art.”

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Sep 242022
 

Um Journal que publica online as contribuições de vários âmbitos!

“IxD&A aims to offer an interdisciplinary arena where everybody can present top level researches and discuss ideas on the future of technology mediated experiences in the field of communication, learning, working, entertainment, healthcare, etc…) a future that can be made possible by a joint effort in research and education.
IxD&A, indeed, offers the ideal forum for meeting among frontier research, education, cutting edge technology development and application.
Indeed, there will be no future if research and education will not be able to meet the world of production, or, in other words if we will not be able to transfer the ‘lab’ into real life.”
“IxD&A is an open access journal that implements the Gold Open Access (OA) road to its contents (full, short, position papers, interviews and reviews) with no charge to the authors.”

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Sep 172022
 

Gostava de ter acesso a “Teaching the Middle Ages through Modern Games Using, Modding and Creating Games for Education and Impact” editado por Robert Houghton

Da apresentação do livro faz parte: “Games can act as invaluable tools for the teaching of the Middle Ages. The learning potential of physical and digital games is increasingly undeniable at every level of historical study. These games can provide a foundation of information through their stories and worlds. They can foster understanding of complex systems through their mechanics and rules. Their very nature requires the player to learn to progress.

The educational power of games is particularly potent within the study of the Middle Ages. These games act as the first or most substantial introduction to the period for many students and can strongly influence their understanding of the era. Within the classroom, they can be deployed to introduce new and alien themes to students typically unfamiliar with the subject matter swiftly and effectively. They can foster an interest in and understanding of the medieval world through various innovative means and hence act as a key educational tool.

This volume presents a series of essays addressing the practical use of games of all varieties as teaching tools within Medieval Studies and related fields. In doing so it provides examples of the use of games at pre-university, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels of study, and considers the application of commercial games, development of bespoke historical games, use of game design as a learning process, and use of games outside the classroom. As such, the book is a flexible and diverse pedagogical resource and its methods may be readily adapted to the teaching of different medieval themes or other periods of history.”

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Aug 272022
 

“ArtsIT takes place from November 21st to 22nd, as a hybrid event at the University of Algarve, Faro, Algarve, Portugal, and in Cyberspace. In this edition the CIAC – Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, will host the event. The CIAC is a research unit assessed by the Foundation for Science and Technology. It was created in 2008 as a result of the merger of two non-funded research centres: the Centre for Research in Communication Sciences and the Arts (University of Algarve) and the Centre for Research in Theatre and Cinema (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema do IPL). Currently, it brings together researchers from the University of Algarve (host institution), the School of Theatre and Cinema (Lisbon Polytechnic), the Instituto Superior da Maia, the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, the Higher Institute of Advanced Technologies and the Open University. The Arts and Communication Research Centre currently has three active hubs: one at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (IPL), another at the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, dedicated to digital literacy and social inclusion and, finally, a third hub at the Open University, associated with the PhD in Media-Digital Art. This R&D Unit has been conducting innovative research in the field of artistic (visual arts, cinema, theatre) and cultural studies, communication and, more recently, literary studies (digital archives, digital critical editions), associating the production of dissemination platforms with the study of ways of communicating scientific knowledge in the designated areas. Therefore, it has maintained an interdisciplinary character since it first opened. Its objectives are to develop applied research and research networks in the arts (in the broadest sense of the word) and communication, and to implement artistic creation laboratories in the areas of theatre, cinema and other arts, namely in the Mediterranean region. Since its foundation, it has promoted and actively collaborated in several partnerships in the artistic and cultural activities of the Algarve, where it is based, through specific collaboration agreements with Municipal Councils, Cultural Associations and with the Algarve Regional Directorate for Culture. It is currently an important stakeholder in the region. The research produced at the CIAC is often disseminated by the surrounding community through the multiple extension activities promoted, as well as discussed in international networks.

The ArtsIT conference is considered a perfect partner to CIAC, as outlined above, as it offers a bringing together an even wider array of cross-/inter-/trans-disciplinary researchers, practitioners, artists, and academia to present and discuss the symbiosis between art (in its widest definition) and information technology applied in a variety of distinct fields. Since 2009 ArtsIT has become acknowledged as a leading scientific forum for the dissemination of cutting-edge research results in the intersection between art, science, culture, performing arts, media, and technology. The role of artistic practice using digital media is also to serve as a tool for analysis and critical reflection on how technologies influence our lives, culture, and society. ArtsIT is therefore not only a place to discuss technological progress but also a place to reflect on the impact of art and technology on sustainability, responsibility, and human dignity. Besides the main track, the event also focuses on the advances seen in two areas that have significantly contributed to the field in the last years, namely, virtualization and artificial intelligence with special sessions (see call for special sessions below).

Topics include the following but are open for additional:
Virtual Museums and Curatorial Practices;
Interactive Art & Interactive Installations;
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality;
Virtual Worlds;
Metaverse, Avatars, and Presence;
Games & Interactivity;
Gamification;
Exhibition;
Design;
Augmented Performing Arts;
Digital Distribution of Performing Arts;
Audio Art & Sound Design; New Media;
Technologies Information;
Visualization; Generative Design;
Artificial Intelligence & Big Data;
Digital Cultural Heritage;
Digital Artworks Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals or other such contemporary topics;
Theoretical Research in the Fields of Media Technology; Studies that Explore the Role of Media Art in Society;
and more 

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Aug 272022
 

The War on Terror beyond the barrel of a gun: The procedural rhetorics of the boardgame Labyrinth
Thomas Ambrosio, Jonathan Ross

“Utilizing Bogost’s procedural rhetoric framework in his book Persuasive Games, this article examines Labyrinth, a boardgame that simulates the conflict between the United States and global terrorism. The authors systematically integrate ludology (rules/gameplay) and narratology (narratives/representations) to illustrate how Labyrinth was intentionally designed so that players became active participants in a narrative about how good governance undermines the sources of terrorism and the counterproductive nature of militarized counterterrorism, as well as bear witness to the agency of the Muslim world and the region’s political dynamism on the tabletop. This is a very different account of the War on Terror than has previously been studied in the literature, which has focused overwhelmingly on first-person shooter videogames and, in turn, has provided a very limited range of how this conflict can be represented in ludic form. However, Labyrinth is not alone, and the wargames that many players grew up with have given way to a variety of boardgames which approach complex historical or contemporary situations and environments beyond simply killing one’s enemies. This represents a diverse, but largely untapped, resource already in the public space and ready to be investigated. Media studies can therefore benefit from considering how boardgames similar to Labyrinth present alternative ways in which the ‘real world’ has been, and indeed can be, translated through popular culture objects.”

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Aug 272022
 

“The theme of the special issue is the Futures of Games and Game Studies.

During its around 20 years of existence, game studies has put computer games on the academic map. The field has provided a response to effect studies by demonstrating that games are social arenas of intrinsic value to the individuals that use them, and that they are cultural products able to comment on society in new ways. From a more practical perspective, technical oriented game studies has driven developments in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

But where will game studies go in the future? What are the challenges that game studies will face as computer games mature and become a medium not only for entertainment but also for politics and activism? What will happen to games as technological developments take new and unforeseen directions? How can we as a scholarly community be able not only to respond to these rapid developments but also be able to define what games should be in the future? This special issue will be an attempt to illuminate potential avenues for the future of game studies.

This special issue call is based on the Futures of Games and Game Studies symposium and doctoral consortium organized at the IT University of Copenhagen in April 2022. Participants who attended the event are encouraged to submit, but with this call we also invite submissions from the larger academic community. ”

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Aug 272022
 

Top-down Design of a CS Curriculum for a Computer Games BA
Nuno Fachada e Nélio Códices

“Computer games are complex products incorporating software, design and art. Consequently, their development is a multidisciplinary effort, requiring professionals from several fields, who should nonetheless be knowledgeable across disciplines. Due to the variety of skills required, and in order to train these professionals, computer game development (GD) degrees have been appearing in North America and Europe since the late 1990s. Following this trend, several GD degrees have emerged in Portugal. Given the lack of specialized academic staff, not uncommon in younger scientific areas, some of these degrees “borrowed” computer science (CS) programs and faculty within the same institution, leading in some cases to a disconnect between CS theory and practice and the requirements of GD classes. In this paper, we discuss our experience in adapting the CS curriculum of a three-year computer games BA in accordance with GD requirements. We used a top-down approach, where the game engine used for GD informs the choice of CS topics and programming languages lectured in the CS curriculum. The discussion is centered around the choices taken and the theoretical and empirical rationale behind our decisions. Preliminary empirical results indicate a substantial increase in GD project quality and a clear improvement in the students’ technical skills, as well as in their experimentation and adaptation capabilities.”

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Aug 272022
 

Conferencia IEEE International conference on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & VIRTUAL REALITY
“Welcome to the 5th IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality! IEEE AIVR is a unique event, addressing researchers and industries from all areas of AI as well as Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality. It provides an international forum for the exchange between those fields, to present advances in the state of the art, identify emerging research topics, and together define the future of these exciting research domains. We invite researchers from Virtual Reality (VR) as well as Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) to participate and submit their work to the program. Likewise, work on AI that has a relation to any of these fields or potential for the usage in any of them is welcome

AREAS OF INTEREST
We invite researchers from Virtual, as well as Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) to participate and submit their work to the program. Likewise, any work on AI that has a relation to any of these fields or potential for the usage in any of them is welcome. Areas of interest for the technical program include but are not limited to:
Systems, including techniques, performance, and implementation
System components, virtual reality platforms
AI platforms for VR/AR, cloud-based platforms
Data generation, manipulation, analysis, and validation
Tracking, physical environment mapping, registration
Vision for VR/AR, deep learning for VR/AR
Standards and theoretical models for AI and/or VR
Content creation and modelling
Generation of immersive environments and virtual worlds
Environments for gaming, simulation, training
Visualization, optimized and realistic rendering
Geometric modelling and design in immersive settings
Animations, crowd-simulation, character modelling
Customization and personalization (e.g., for training)
Cognitive aspects, perception, user behaviour
Semantic and cognitive aspects of virtual reality
Depth perception, multimodal perception
Behaviour and activity generation
Representations of self (avatars), embodiment, presence
Virtual agents, conversational non-player characters (NPCs)
Understanding and modelling human behaviour, emotions
AI technologies for VR/AR
Search, planning, reasoning
Knowledge representation
Natural language processing
Robotics and perception
Multi-agent systems
Statistical learning, deep learning
Interactions / interactive and responsive environments
Multimodal interaction and experiences in VR/AR
Machine learning for multimodal interaction
Human-virtual user/agent interaction
Human to human communication in virtual environments, collaboration and communication
Dialogue modelling and generation, conversational and natural language interfaces, speech interaction for AR/VR
Navigation and spatial orientation in VR
Interaction devices, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)
Applications and use cases
Data and knowledge representation, problem solving
Visualization concepts (including, e.g., spatial visualization, multimodality for visualization) and domains (e.g., scientific visualization)
Arts, leisure, and entertainment
Gaming and game narratives, immersive storytelling and gameplay
Education, training, simulation
Business, prototyping, productivity, design and architecture, evaluation
Telepresence and collaboration, social interactions
Healthcare and therapy
Evaluation metrics and methodologies
Quality of Experience (QoE)
Ethical and societal aspects of AI and VR/AR
Sensory vulnerability
Privacy and data
Social isolation, desensitization
Overestimation of abilities, psychiatric
Unpalatable fantasies, torture/virtual criminality

+infos(oficial): https://aivr.science.uu.nl/index.html

Aug 052022
 

SonifyIt: Towards Transformative Sound for All Robots
Brian J. Zhang; Noel Sigafoos; Rabecka Moffit; Ibrahim Syed; Lili S. Adams; Jason Fick; Naomi T. Fitter

do resumo consta:
Transformative robot sound yields perceptual, functional, and social benefits in human-robot interactions, but broader research and implementation related to this topic is impeded by the lack of a common sound generation system for robots. Such a system could enable a wide array of situated robot sound studies, smoother collaborations with sound designers than current state of the art methods, and broader adoption of transformative robot sound. Based on other successful open-source projects in the robotics community, we integrated Robot Operating System, a popular robotics middleware, and Pure Data, a visual programming language for multimedia, to enable live sound synthesis and sample playback for robots. This sound generation system synthesized sound in an in-the-wild pilot study with positive qualitative results. Furthermore, an online within-subjects survey study with N=96 showed that the proposed sound system made the robot seem warmer, happier, and more energetic. This work benefits robotics researchers by providing the current sound system as a validated artifact and demonstrating its potential impact on broader robotics applications. We plan to develop this software into an open-source package: SonifyIt.