Saturday, June 16, 2007

Game in’ Action Conference Summary

The Game in´ Action Conference was organised by LearnIT at Göteborg University in Sweden and took place 13–15th of June, 2007. More than fifteen Truants participated! For me it was the first time to meet many of the guild members outside of the WoW server. I came the second day of the conference since I spent the first day, the 13th of June, in Helsinki with the wonderful people working with the SALERO project. The GIA conference organisers at Göteborg University had put together an impressive program, which you find here. I took notes of the sessions I went to, you find them here on the blog. Do keep in mind they are just my notes while listening, I may have misunderstood things.

I had some moments I could call highlights. First out was LE Bergs presentation about identity formation in games. (my notes here) Berg (social psychology) said in his presentation that our identities are virtual in a general sense, in the meaning that they are always mediated to us from other individuals on our environment. Something for me to dig deeper into, starting with reading his paper. I also appreciated R Tronstad’s presentation on Identity, where she mentioned embodied empathy in relation to narrative empathy. Plus, as soon as someone mentions Paul Riceur, I melt. (my notes here) TL Taylor’s keynote was, as always excellent. Good to get some thinking going on the subject of how add-ons affect play practices. (my notes) Another highlight was Louse Maddens presentation of her research. What caught my interest was that she methodically captures the player’s emotions in various situation of gaming. (my notes)

Helen and Rene 2 James Paul Gee - slides - wow-scrn Lars Erik Berg meaning Wrestling the bull 5 Jenny and me
Frida Tilly at GIA with HK bag Luca Rossi 15 Wrestling the bull 2
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Emma W. said...

Thanks for your extensive live blogging Mirjam!
I am extremely happy to access the notes, as mine are in the hands of some thief in Göteborg --- perhaps they are comparing the quality of the notes with those that Charlotte also got stolen ;)

Cheers again

Emma W.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind comments about my paper, and the notes are a very useful reminder of what I said ;)

The only innacuracy I spotted that might prove annoying is that Sue Austin is a psychoanalysis-type talking about the role of mothers in general alas, not gamers.

I think I might continue looking a bit at discourse about healers emotional work and how it resembles discourse about women. Someone came up to me and said they disagreed that healers play a feminine role, because anyone who plays seriously knows healers are super-important and can't be underestimated. Not their exact words, but connections I made to make what they said sound like feminist counters to traditional discourse about mothers.

The resemblance strikes me so much and seems so weird that I can't help but investigate it!

Please be in touch if you want to talk about any of that stuff further !!

Louise x