Some of the lovely folks associated with the Canadian Game Studies Association and ReFig are hosting a game jam next weekend. Their call for participants asks:
Can a feminist war game exist? War, traditionally the sole purview of men, is an essential site for asking critical questions about masculinist systems, objectifying economies and mediated representations, especially since subjects, objects and agents are all instruments within the ideological narratives that frame the brutal history of armed conflict. Simply including female “warrior” characters in a war game, for example, continues to normalize the mechanism of war while extending its “inclusiveness” to groups that have traditionally been marginalized and victimized by it. However, prototyping complex intersections between mechanisms of war, digital game narrativities, and inclusive feminist values suggests that feminist discourses can be used to denaturalize and reframe narratives of war in spaces of programmed play.
More information can be found here. And there is a video version of the call for participants here.
Internet Spaceships Are
Serious Business Ready for Pre-Order
At the FDG conference in Raleigh, NC, I met two other PhD students: Marcus Carter and Darryl Woodford. We were all writing about EVE Online, but up until that point in time had not ever met anyone else working on this particular MMOG. On a lunch break we first hatched our plan to write a book. First, we hosted a workshop at the FDG in Greece, then another at DiGRA Atlanta. So many other EVE scholars came forward and we realized that many people had a lot to things to say about internet spaceships. We wrote a book proposal. Sitting in a brewery in Salt Lake City before heading up the mountain for DiGRA Snowbird, I got the email from University of Minnesota Press that the reviews were positive and they wanted to move forward with publication. And now here we are, with a March 2016 expected release date. This book has been a long time coming, and I’m so excited that it is almost here.
I’m happy to announce that the CFP for the 2016 meeting of the Canadian Game Studies Association is now live: http://gamestudies.ca/conference/
This time around we will be meeting at the University of Calgary from June 1-3 2016 — Go Dinos! I’m excited to be back at the institution where I completed my MA and am looking forward to another great year of exciting Canadian games scholarship.