Gamephilosophy.org has finally been upgraded. There is still a lot to be done and there are undoubtedly many bugs in the system. Any feedback to @siteadm is very welcome. The next time I have the time to work on the site will probably be in June. I will add members gradually to try out the system.
I have made a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account for the project.
If you are a member, please submit a post to the front page. It may be a publication, a seminar or anything else you think is relevant. When it is released by the siteadm a post will also be made to Facebook,Twitter and an email list. Due to the possible spam factor I have opted not to include automatic notifications of news items to the members, so if you want updates per email you must subscribe to the list from the front page.
Not much is done yet on the bibliography, but please add references if you are a member. The bibliography is supposed to be annotated, but it is certainly possible to add references without annotations.
I have added a great deal of videos and most of the manuscripts we have are available. We are still missing videos from Reggio-Emilia, Athens and from a single day in Madrid. Many of these are unfortunately lost. The videos from Istanbul are not out yet.
We are presently working on a new site for the gamephilosophy network, so the site on the the main address gamephilosophy.org will soon be down at least until Christmas. The old blog with postings and links is still available here.
We are very happy to announce the plans for the next conference in the series. The host for the next conference will be the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at University of Bergen in Norway. The conference will be held from October 2-4 and topic of the conference is space in computer games.
The call for papers is found here at the new conference website and there is also a local copy here. This year we we also issue an invitation for workshops that will be held in association with the conference. We would appreciate any help that the readers of this blog may offer in forwarding the call to relevant lists or individuals.
A book based on work from contributors to our conferences was recently published at Springer (more info here). Thanks to all the writers for their hard work and patience. From the back cover:
Computer games have become a major cultural and economic force, and the last decade has seen the emergence of extensive academic study of such games. Up until now there has been little attention from philosophy to investigate the philosophical problems that arise from the phenomenon of computer games. This book fill this lacuna by bringing philosophers and media researchers together in discussions of the basic concepts needed to understand computer games. The essays address central issues such as the reality status of the game environment, gameplay, and the moral evaluation of player or avatar actions. The anthology is required reading for anyone with an academic or professional interest in computer games, and will also be valuable to any reader curious about the philosophical issues that are raised by modern-day digital culture.
Time to contemplate a new project..
The presenters at the Madrid conference had the opportunity to revise their manuscripts, and they are are now available at this section of the website, which also contains video recordings of the lectures.
This was the final item of the work to be done in connection with the conference in Madrid in January. We would like to extend our thanks to Arsgames, who generously offered to be hosts for this conference and made the 6th conference into a very successful event.
Following the Sixth International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games in Madrid, Spain from 29th to 31st January 2012 (http://2012.gamephilosophy.org/), organized by ArsGames (http://www.arsgames.net/), a special issue of Springer’s Philosophy & Technology journal (http://www.springer.com/13347) is now being planned. It will contain a selection of recently revised, peer reviewed articles from the Philosophy of Computer Games international conference series. Continue reading
After organizing seminars on the philosophy of computer games for half a decade, it is time that the initiative got its own site. This site will provide updates about the main events and links to the previous initiatives. For the time being, we will keep the ambitions for the site modest. Funding efforts are in the works, and at some point in the future this site may provide the network with more substantial resources for the study of the philosophy of games.