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|Title||Giving You Your Space: Examining Game Space Expandability|
|Session||Conference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session|
|Time||Thursday, October 11, 7:00p-10:00p|
|Location||MSU Union Ballroom|
|Description||Video games are constantly changing to adapt to both technology and gamers. To best approach this media, it is, therefore, necessary to regularly re-evaluate the space in which gameplay occurs: game space. Game space is traditionally designated as the virtual space housing gameplay. The endeavor of this project is to propose an expansion to game space that best reflects how individuals are playing games and not merely as games are designed. The primary area of inclusion is non-player, or onlookers. Despite not personally playing the game, onlookers are able to take on roles similar to that of non-player characters within the game. Onlookers can provide insight or directions to the players. It is at that point that it is necessary to distinguish whether or not they are components of game space. From there, it is important to understand what this expansion means for game designers, developers, scholars, and players.|