Digital Games Research
ECREA Section
Trans-Atlantic Game Talks #5

TAG Talk #5With the utmost pleasure, we would like to announce our fifth installment of our chat series “Trans-Atlantic Game Talks”!

We plan to host the fifth session on Tuesday, 26th of March, at 4 p.m. GMT (noon in Pennsylvania, 9:30 p.m. in New Delhi) for about 60 to 90 minutes. This second session will focus on “Games as Meaningful Entertainment”. We are looking forward to a vivid discussion concerning in what ways games can be used to experience not only enjoyment, but also as a means to engange in central questions such as life’s purpose and human meaningfulness. The session will feature media psychologist Mary Beth Oliver, distinguished professor and co-director of the media effects research lab at Penn State University.

We are excited about the ongoing cooperative efforts between ECREA’S Digital Games Research and ICA’s Games Studies section to foster community and collaboration between games researchers worldwide! Just like the former TAG Talks, 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. Don’t forget to install the official Hangout browser plugin first!

We are hoping that some ICA and ECREA members are interested, 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 at our Facebook group 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 there is a lot of interest. 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’ll be sure to organize another one shortly before or after the ICA conference in June. Hope to see you hanging out soon!