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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University


Meaningful Play 2018 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.

Below is the conference schedule. You can also view the detailed schedule.

Wednesday, October 10
3:30p-5:00pThe Surprising Synergy of Medicine, Games, and VR by Noah Falstein (Pre-Conference Event) at MSU Main Library, Green Room, Level 4 West
5:00p-7:00pEarly Registration Check-In at East Lansing Marriott at University Place Lobby
Thursday, October 11
8:00a-9:00aRegistration Check-In and Continental Breakfast at Lobby (2nd floor of the MSU Union)
9:00a-9:30aConference Welcome at MSU Union Ballroom
9:30a-10:30aThree Miles An Hour: Designing Games for the Speed of Thought by Tracy Fullerton (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
11:00a-12:00pPhysics is (still) You're Friend: The World of Goo @ 10 by Drew Davidson (Speaker)Embodiment and Games (Papers)Indigenous Games (Papers)Brushing History Against the Grain: Reclaiming Women's Stories Through Live-Action Role-Playing Games (Workshop)Teaching Game Development to Different Types of Students (Panel)Design Thinking x Game Design by Mars Ashton (Speaker)
12:00p-1:30pBirds of a Feather Lunch (on your own)
1:30p-2:30pGames Are Not Good for You by Eric Zimmerman (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
3:00p-4:00pIntra-InterDisciplinary Collaboration by Jarryd Huntley and Hanna Brady (Speaker)Diversity in Games (Papers)Empathy and Gaming (Papers)Cards Against Pedagogy: Using "Off-The-Shelf" Games In Your Teaching (Workshop)Serious Play on Twitch: Experiments in Academic Streaming (Panel)An Innovative Approach to Collaborative Game Design by Carrie Cole and Sarah Buchan (Speaker)
4:30p-5:30pNuance in the Woods: Exploring Meaning in Games by Alec Holowka (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
5:30p-7:00pDinner Break (on your own)
7:00p-10:00pConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session (Reception) at MSU Union Ballroom
Friday, October 12
8:00a-9:00aRegistration Check-In and Continental Breakfast at Lobby (2nd floor of the MSU Union)
9:00a-10:00aSix Observations on Failure that May or May Not Relate to Games by John Sharp (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
10:30a-11:30aThe Unbearable Lightness of Being Social Impact Games by Lindsay Grace (Speaker)Alternate Reality Games (Papers)Cooperative Play (Papers)Using Meditation to Explore Workshop Participants' Personal Experiences of Meaningful Play (Workshop)Achievement unlocked? Exploring the Complexities of Empathy in Games (Panel)Encouraging Curiosity and Exploration through Text and Narrative in Outer Wilds by Kelsey Beachum (Speaker)
11:30a-1:00pBirds of a Feather Lunch (on your own) and Industry/Student Meet'n'Greet
1:00p-2:00pGetting Teachers to Drink the GBL Kool Aid by Matthew Farber (Speaker)Teaching Game Design (Papers)Gaming in Context (Papers)Gamedev Community Development 101 (Roundtable)The Art of Serious Game Design: A methodology and practical guide for serious game design within multidisciplinary teams (Panel)The Original Mobile Games: Recreating Historic Dexterity Puzzle Games For Digital Mobile Platforms by Stephen Jacobs (Speaker)
2:30p-3:30pInclusive Game Design by Karen Schrier (Speaker)Innovation in STEM Games (Papers)Playtesting and Participatory Design (Papers)Looking for Group: Building Interdisciplinary Game Studies Communities (Roundtable)Game Post-Mortem Microtalks I (Microtalks)Exploring Theme in Meaningful Games by Andrew Dennis (Speaker)
4:00p-5:00pPlayful Social Engineering by Katherine Isbister (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
5:00p-7:00pDinner Break (on your own)
7:00p-10:00pPure Michigan Game Exhibition and Celebration (Special Event) at MSU Union Ballroom
Saturday, October 13
8:00a-9:00aRegistration Check-In and Continental Breakfast at Lobby (2nd floor of the MSU Union)
9:00a-10:00aThe Promise of Games for Personalized Learning by Diana Hughes (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
10:15a-11:15aDesigning with Voice and Culture by Allen Turner (Speaker)Learning by Creating (Papers)Sociopolitical Games (Papers)The Agile Teacher: A Gameful Workshop (Workshop)Game Post-Mortem Microtalks II (Microtalks)
11:30a-12:30pMaking Absurdist Games as a Response to Our Current Reality by Mark Chen (Speaker)Game Research Taxonomies and Methods (Papers)Gaming and the Environment (Papers)Playing College: the design, creation, and future implementation of enRolled, a board game designed for your freshman seminar course. (Workshop)Health Games Microtalks (Microtalks)Tour of MSU Libraries Rovi Game Collection (Tour)
12:30p-1:00pLunch at Lobby (2nd floor of the MSU Union)
1:00p-2:00pImagineers at Play by Bei Yang (Keynote) at MSU Union Ballroom
2:00p-2:30pConference Closing and Game Awards at MSU Union Ballroom


Below are additional special events that occur across the Meaningful Play schedule.