In our first May game lecture, Jana Wendler (University of Manchester / Playfuel) will be covering her work on designing and playing games in urban environments, and what features of this type of play (not considered in digital games) we should be aware of. The lecture is on Monday 2nd of May 2016 at 7:00 pm, and is held at the Institute of Digital Games.
The topic and summary of the Game Lecture follows:
"Space Invasion - games in cities and other odd spaces"
As kids, we all played out in the streets. Everywhere could be a playground, no matter whether it was labelled as one. Urban games bring back some of that excitement for adults, with new themes and a more critical edge. In the past 5 years, I have worked with many different collaborators to make games for streets, libraries, parks and night clubs. In this lecture, I want to share some observations about space in these urban and physical games: how we use buildings, bodies and 'stuff' to create playful sites, how publicness encourages and limits interaction, and why these things matter for our cities.