Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Designing & Studying Games that Matter

Call for Submissions

Submissions are sought from both researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. Graduate students are also encouraged to submit either jointly with an academic/member of industry or alone.

Submissions to Meaningful Play 2018 can include:

  • Papers
  • Posters
  • Panel Sessions
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Workshops
  • Individual Speakers
  • Games and Prototypes

Specific requirements for each type of submission is available below.

Paper Submissions (due May 28, 2018)

Paper submissions should present original, unpublished research or design work. Papers under review elsewhere must not be submitted to Meaningful Play 2018.

Authors are encouraged to go beyond the discussion of their work and address implications back to literature, practice, and/or policy.

Authors may submit either extended abstracts (a minimum of 500 words) or full papers (up to 8000 words). Submissions should follow the APA Style (APA formatting and style guide help). If submissions do not meet length and formatting requirements, they may not be considered. Papers must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their work at the conference in an approximately 15-minute presentation depending on how many papers are scheduled for that session. The organizing committee will combine individual presentations into topical paper sessions.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Authors will be provided with reviewers' critical comments as well as any suggestions for revision. All accepted submissions will be included in the online Proceedings of Meaningful Play after the conference. If desired, authors may request to have only an abstract (or extended abstract) - not their full papers - included in the proceedings.

Meaningful Play 2018 and Well Played Journal have partnered to bring a special peer reviewed issue containing top papers from the Meaningful Play 2018 conference. Top paper authors will be invited to revise their Meaningful Play paper for publication consideration in the special issue. Revised versions will be peer reviewed once more for final publication decisions.

NOTE: Only full paper submissions will be considered for the top-paper award. Both full papers and extended abstracts will be included in the published conference proceedings.

Poster Submissions (due May 28, 2018)

Poster submissions should present original, unpublished research or design work that directly advances the Meaningful Play 2018 topics. Late-breaking advances and work-in-progress reports from ongoing research or design are particularly encouraged to be submitted to the poster session.

Authors are requested to submit either a 200-500 word abstract of the poster contents OR a draft version of the poster. Posters abstracts and/or draft posters must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair system.

All posters submitted to the poster sessions will be peer-reviewed. Authors will be provided with reviewers' critical comments as well as any suggestions for revision.

Poster size and design are flexible but the size should not exceed 40" wide by 32" high. It is possible to rotate the orientation if necessary given your poster design. Posters will be hung on a poster board and therefore it is fine to bring a poster with no backing, such as a rolled up poster.

Panel Session Submissions (due May 28, 2018)

Individuals (or groups of individuals) are encouraged to submit proposals for panel sessions which provide an opportunity to publicly debate and discuss issues relevant to the Meaningful Play 2018 topics with eager academic and industry audiences.

Panel session organizer(s) are required to submit a 200-500 word abstract, and directly recruit panel presenters. Panel session abstracts must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair form.

Roundtable Discussion Session Submissions (due May 28, 2018)

Individuals (or groups of individuals) are encouraged to submit proposals for roundtable discussion sessions that focus on the Meaningful Play 2018 topics. At Meaningful Play 2018 roundtables are small peer discussion groups limited to no more than 25 people. Roundtable discussion sessions typically feature constructive controversy and debate, and promote an open-ended exchange of ideas in a relatively casual setting.

Roundtable discussion session organizer(s) are required to submit a 200-500 word abstract. Roundtable abstracts must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair form.

Workshop Submissions (due May 28, 2018)

Individuals (or groups of individuals) are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops whose topics speak directly to the Meaningful Play 2018 topics. At Meaningful Play 2018, workshops are sessions in which specific hands on topics are explored over an extended period of time (typically 2 hours) in a highly hands-on manner. Depending on the nature of each workshop, the number of attendees may be limited accordingly.

Workshop organizer(s) are required to submit a 200-500 word abstract that not only provides a description of the topic that will be covered, but the target/intended audience, and the core concepts/skills that the attendees are expected to take away from the workshop. Workshop abstracts must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair form.

Individual Speaker Submissions (due May 28, 2018)

Individuals are encouraged to submit proposals for individual talks whose topic relates to the topics of the conference. At Meaningful Play 2018, individual speaker sessions are roughly an hour in length, and explore a specific topic or theme in depth, while providing a strong personal or visionary perspective. Individual speaker sessions can also be game case studies or project post mortems.

Individual speakers are required to submit a 200-500 word abstract for their session. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically through the EasyChair form.

Games and Prototypes (due May 28, 2018)

View the game exhibition and competition for details on submitting games and prototypes.

Important Submission Dates

May 28, 2018

 

Paper, Poster, Panel, Roundtable, Workshop, Speaker, and Game submissions due

July 20, 2018

 

Notification of acceptance on Papers, Posters, Panels, Roundtables, Workshops, Speakers, and Games

September 7, 2018

 

Revised papers due for inclusion in published conference proceedings

October 11, 2018

 

Conference begins

October 13, 2018

 

Conference concludes

Conference Submission Topics

While any topic related to games for entertainment and learning is appropriate for submission to Meaningful Play 2018, topics of particular interest include:

  • Special track in partnership with IGDA Learning, Education & Games
    • Demonstrations of game technology or design frameworks that are grounded in pedagogy
    • Research on games that support empathy and inclusion in education
    • Co-creating games, art and technology with students
    • Civic engagement and citizenship education through games
    • Practicing skills through games, such as media literacy, STEM, argumentation, or writing
    • Humanistic education through games
  • Exploring meaningful applications of games
    • Games to change attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors (including social impact games and personal health games)
    • Games to stimulate creativity or innovation
    • Games to build social skills
    • Games to advertise and persuade
    • Games to exercise specific cognitive functions
    • Games to explore personal beliefs and help make decisions
    • Games to build knowledge and skills (games for learning)
    • Serious games for history and cultural heritage learning
    • Games to promote civic, social, and humanitarian organization and participation
  • Issues in designing meaningful play
    • Game design for specific audience segments
    • Player types and play styles
    • Story and storytelling in games
    • Competitive and cooperative play (single player, multiplayer and massively multiplayer)
    • Balancing entertainment and serious goals
    • Repurposing entertainment games for serious purposes (and vice versa)
    • Unintended and unexpected effects of games
    • Using psychology and neuroscience to design and understand games
    • Emerging design research methods to help create better games
    • Measuring game impacts
    • Innovative techniques and technologies for the design of meaningful play (e.g. game mechanics, reward systems, and user interfaces)
    • Gamification

How to Submit

All submissions must be submitted electronically through the online system at:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mp2018

Deadline for all submissions is May 28th, 2018 at 11:55pm Eastern Standard time. Notification of acceptance will be given by July 20th, 2018.

Peer Review Process

All paper and poster proposals will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee specializing in the area of the paper topic. Authors will be provided with reviewers’ critical comments as well as any suggestions for revision. If accepted, individual papers will be combined together into topical paper sessions.

All panel, roundtable, workshop, and speaker submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee.

About Published Proceedings

Meaningful Play 2018 is partnering with ETC Press for a published peer-reviewed conference proceedings. The ETC Press is an academic and open-source publishing imprint that distributes its work in print, electronic and digital form. Inviting readers to contribute to and create versions of each publication, ETC Press fosters a community of collaborative authorship and dialogue across media. ETC Press represents an experiment and an evolution in publishing, bridging virtual and physical media to redefine the future of publication.

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