Image from Papo & Yo by Minority Media

Image from Papo & Yo by Minority Media

INVITATION: Play for Real - games seminar at the Cinemateque on October 21st

For the 11th time, DADIU is co-organizing the annual Play seminar. This year about games with an agenda.

Games are getting real. As games grow as a medium they begin to reflect a wider variety of emotions and start serving new purposes. We see games about bullying or growing up with alcoholism. We see self-reflecting games made by developers dealing with a child with cancer, or with personal depression.

We have known for a long time that the fun of games can be serious too, but at this seminar we take a closer look at how to combine serious subject matters with a fun, motivating and engaging gameplay.

We have invited, among others, game designer Erin Hoffman to present new viewpoints on the concept of fun. Vander Caballero, CO-founder and CEO of Minority Media, who was behind "Papo & Yo" and "Spirits of Spring", will also be there to talk about making entertaining games for children with topics like bullying . Artist and game designer Lea Schönfelder whose work featuring chainsmoking homeless children and nymphomaniacs has been banned from public funding, will reflect upon her design approach and her moral responsibilities when designing so called 'free to play'-games. Mikkel Rasch will talk about the immersive journalism in Project Syria, Asta Wellejus and Hans Skovfoged will talk about Deadline Athen, and Henrike Lode will give her take on creating learning games that are the perfect dessert of a game, rather than a an educational broccoli with chocolaty cartoons.

Sign-up is 250 DKK and includes lunch, a morning croissant and afternoon cake, as well as coffee throughout the day. There will also be a drink at the end and a chance to mingle with the participants and speakers.

See the full programme and sign up at the seminar's website.

Official hashtag: #PlayReal

The seminar is the 11th annual Play seminar. It is organized by Creative Europe Denmark, DFI Spilordningen, and DADIU, and with support from Interactive Denmark.