Digital Games Research
ECREA Section
Trans-Atlantic Game Talks #4

With the greatest pleasure, we would like to announce the fourth installment of our chat series “Trans-Atlantic Game Talks”!

The theme of this fourth session will be “Violent Crime and Media Effects: Evidence and Speculation”. As we continue to look for answers for tragic mass crimes, discussion among researchers and the public about the potential role of violent media in serious violent crime is perhaps as active as it has ever been. This session’s special guests Christopher J. Ferguson (Texas A&M International University) and James D. Ivory (Virginia Tech) discuss the research evidence linking violent media use to serious violent crime, trends and issues regarding the manner in which that research is conducted and interpreted, and the implications of that research for public safety and policy.

We plan to host this event on Tuesday, 19th of February at 4 p.m. GMT (noon at U.S. Eastern Daylight Saving Time, midnight in Singapore) for about 90 minutes. If you want to be extra sure, check your local time here: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/

Just like the first TAG Talk, it will take place on Google+ through the “Hangout” function. Just create an account on G+ (if you don’t have one already), add the ICA Game Studies Interest Group to your circles, and be there on time so we can invite you to the video chat! In addition, we will use the Google+ OnAir function, which means the whole Hangout will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube so others can watch it later on!

We are hoping that ICA and ECREA members are interested (as usual), but we also need to coordinate participation due to the hangouts’ limits of ten simultaneous participants. If you are interested, please register for the event on our Facebook page or email to icagames[at]icagames[dot]org, so we can determine how to accommodate everyone. Also, let us know if you’d like to attend the whole session or just “drop in” for 20-30 minutes, because if there is a lot of interest we may schedule people for blocks of time.

If the fourth TAG Talk is a success like the first two, we’ll be sure to organize a fifth one shortly before the ICA conference in June. Hope to see you hanging out soon!