Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

Program

Meaningful Play 2016 includes thought-provoking presentations from leaders in academia and industry, peer-reviewed paper presentations, panel sessions (including academic and industry discussions), innovative workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions of games.

Confirmed speakers include...

Richard LemarchandRichard Lemarchand is a game designer, an educator, a writer, a public speaker and a consultant. He is an Associate Professor in the USC Games program, and is the Associate Chair of the Interactive Media & Games Division of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Between 2004 and 2012, Richard was a lead game designer at Naughty Dog in Santa Monica, California. He led the design of all three PlayStation 3 games in the Uncharted series including Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - winner of ten AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards, five Game Developers Choice Awards, four BAFTAs and over 200 Game of the Year awards. Richard also worked on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing for Naughty Dog, and helped to create the successful game series Gex, Pandemonium and Soul Reaver at Crystal Dynamics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Richard now teaches game design, development and production in the USC Games program, and is working on a series of experimental game design research projects as part of the USC Game Innovation Lab. His most recent game, The Meadow, a virtual reality art installation game co-created with Martzi Campos, was selected as a finalist in the 2015 IndieCade International Festival of Independent Games. Learn more about Richard.

Elizabeth LaPenseeElizabeth LaPensée , Ph.D. expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, comics, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes. Most recently, she designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade classic Space Invaders inspired by art from Steven Paul Judd. She is currently working on Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water.

Her dissertation in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia shares experiences from the Indigenous social impact game Survivance (2011), which encourages ongoing healing through storytelling and creating art. Continuing this work, she is the Postdoctoral Associate for the University of Minnesota's Research for Indigenous Community Health Center and a Research Associate in the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Learn more about Elizabeth.

More details coming on the complete program in late summer 2016.

Tentative Schedule

Below is the tentative conference schedule to help you in your planning. More details will be available as the conference draws nearer.

Wednesday, October 19

7:00-9:00

Pre-conference Quello Center Lecture (open to conference attendees)

Thursday, October 20

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30

Welcome

9:30-10:30

Opening Keynote

10:30-11:00

Break

11:00-12:00

Session Presentations

12:00-1:30

Lunch (birds of a feather)

1:30-2:30

Session Presentations

2:30-3:00

Break

3:00-4:00

Session Presentations

4:00-4:30

Break

4:30-5:30

Keynote

5:30-7:00

Dinner Break (on your own)

7:00-10:00

Opening Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session (drinks and appetizers will be served)

Friday, October 21

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00

Keynote

10:00-10:30

Break

10:30-11:30

Session Presentations

11:30-1:00

Lunch (birds of a feather)

1:00-2:00

Session Presentations

2:00-2:30

Break

2:30-3:30

Session Presentations

3:30-4:00

Break

4:00-5:00

Keynote

5:00-

Dinner Break (on your own)

Saturday, October 22

8:00-9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00

Keynote

10:00-10:15

Break

10:15-11:15

Session Presentations

11:15-11:30

Break

11:30-12:30

Session Presentations

12:30-2:00

Lunch (provided) and Closing Keynote

Be Part of the Program

There are several ways to become involved with Meaningful Play, including:

  • The call for submissions is available now for paper presentations, posters, panels, workshops, roundtables, and speakers..
  • The call for games for the game exhibition and competition is also available.

MeaningfulPlay.MSU.edu