When: Friday, December 9th 16:30-19:00
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, Theodor Christensens Plads 1, 1437, Copenhagen K
Join us at the National Film School of Denmark for the Christmas edition of SpilBar with video game theorist Jesper Juul. The talk will be followed by beer and mingling. As always: Everybody is welcome and no sign-up needed.
At SpilBar we always encourage people to showcase their games - sign up here is you have something you would like to show.
16:00-16:30: Arrival and coffee
16:30-17.30: Jesper Juul: Who Cares if it's a game?
17:30-19:00: Christmas Beer and mingling
Who Cares if it's a game?
Video games are constantly changing: In fact many newer games such as Proteus, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Mountain or Dys4ia don't even have the kind of goals and gameplay that we expect in a game. So who cares if they are still games? The answer is that many people, both players and developers, take the word game seriously: When told that something is a game, we expect certain things to happen, and being aware of these expectations is part of the work of game development, and of being a good player.
In this talk Jesper will look at strategies for designing new 'games' that break with our expectations of what a game can be, and look at the reasons for claiming that what we are making is, or isn't a game.
The audience will be invited to interact with the speaker, and to play strange games during this lively talk.
About Jesper Juul
Jesper Juul is an influential video game theorist and occasional video game developer. He has been working with video game research since the late 1990's. He is an Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - School of Design and a Visiting Associate Professor at MIT.
He has published three books with MIT Press: Half-Real (2005), A Casual Revolution (2009) and The Art of Failure (2013). He is also a co-editor of the Playful Thinking Series (also on MIT Press). He has worked as a game developer on both CD-Roms (Blackout) and browser-based multiplayer games.
Jesper maintains the blog The Ludologist on video games and other important things.
SpilBar is a bimonthly event, where everyone in or close to the computer games industry can meet and mingle. The meetings always start with a talk and end with a drink.
SpilBar is initiated by Kristine Ploug from DADIU, and Thomas Vigild, Headmaster at Vallekilde Game Academy. SpilBar is organized in collaboration with Spilordningen and Interactive Denmark.