November 30, 2008
Dear GTxA readers, come one, come all to the inaugural open house at the new Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College!
Student researchers, lab staff, affiliated faculty, and I will be hosting our open house and holiday festival: TUESDAY the 2nd of December, 2008, from 3-7.
We will be showing games we’ve made (RAPUNSEL project’s PEEPS game, Profit Seed, Massively Multiplayer Soba, prototypes of Skoolin (codename) and Layoff) and games we like to study (too many to list here!). Hear the students talk about their projects, including a study being conducted in Aden Evens’ course on immersion with the game Warhammer, which I have heard will culminate in a performative game action on the college green this week.
We are also announcing our new lecture series, courses, and salon. The new lecture series, called the Digital Arts and Humanities Lecture Series 2009, will be underway as of January. Invited speakers include Celia Pearce, Tracy Fullerton, Jesper Juul, Nick Montfort, and more.
Stay tuned for the schedule and all in the area are invited to attend. There is regular transit from Hanover NH to Boston, for example.
We have also started the variable_d salon, which runs every Tuesday at 4pm at Tiltfactor, when no lecture is scheduled. Topics vary but include critical issues in software studies and game studies with a focus on ontological and epistemological issues, logic systems, and other conceptual concerns. In addition, we are now able to announce two new Dartmouth courses: Games + Playculture– a critical studies course exploring the historical considerations and anthropological and sociological importance of play and games (WINTER 2009) and the Media Design Laboratory: Game Design Studio– a theory+practice course exploring the process of making games while developing game ideas, prototyping, playtesting, and producing a game per week (SPRING 2009).