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TitleThe Unknown Possibilities of Existence
Presenter(s)Ian BogostDr. Ian Bogost is a videogame designer, critic, and researcher. He is an Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. His research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on games about social and political issues. Bogost is author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism (MIT Press 2006), recently listed among 50 books for everyone in the game industry, and of Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames (MIT Press 2007), along with several other books and many other writings. Bogost has recently co-authored (with Nick Montfort) Video Computer System: A Platform Study of the Atari 2600, which will be published this year. Bogosts videogames about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, and tort reform. His games have been played by millions of people and exhibited internationally.
TimeThursday, October 9, 4:00p-5:00p
DescriptionVideogames have come a long way, progressing from a plaything to purposeful medium with applications in disciplines as varied (and weighty) as medicine, education, and government. But, despite these victories, we have not yet reached the full potential of games, whether in the serious or entertainment domains.

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