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April 12, 2011

Mtg: Playing What We Mean: Games, Fiction, and Expressive Processing

by @ 1:16 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Engineering Mgmt
 

WEDNESDAY April 20, 2011
SCV Moneterey Bay Subsection
Speaker: Prof. Noel Wardrip-Fruin, UCSC
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: none (bring maney for parking fee)
Place: University of California at Santa Cruz, Simularium Room (Room 180, Engineering Bldg 2), Santa Cruz
RSVP: not required; see website for map
Web: www.ee.com/ieee

Today’s games have well-developed models of spatial movement, combat, and economics. But their models of fiction barely deserve the name. Even those supporting the most ambitious games are burdensome and bug-prone for authors – while providing the player quite limited ranges of meaningful choice. This talk discusses examples of more dynamic approaches to fiction, considering lessons past work presents for those wishing to craft models that express new visions for playable fiction. At the same time, the talk argues that critics need to more deeply interpret the computational processes of computer games (and digital media generally) and connect them to an understanding of audience experience.

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