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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleSerious Play on Twitch: Experiments in Academic Streaming
Presenter(s)Krista-Lee Malone, Nathan Humpal, Laya Liebeseller, Thomas Malaby, Kristopher Purzycki and Josh Rivers
TimeThursday, October 11, 3:00p-4:00p
LocationSuperior Room
DescriptionAs a performative act, live-streaming gameplay provides the player with a direct channel into communities of practice wherein the inherent social qualities of play are foregrounded. Twitch has become a compelling platform for players looking to share their experiences while also attracting other live-streamers who share day-to-day activities, how-to demonstrations, and live avante-garde works.

Using the Serious Play channel, founded at UW - Milwaukee in 2017, this panel will discuss several considerations that have arisen during its ongoing run. The channel was made as an experiment in both streaming generally and in engaging the public with the academy. We do this through sharing scholarship and research during play, discussing play experiences (stories coming from both us and the audience) and by highlighting a range of games.

This panel will discuss: Programming and Hardware, Streaming Tabletop Games, Contributing to the Academy, Pedagogical Uses, Critical Media, and Twitch As A Queer Platform.

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