Lincoln Games Research at CHI PLAY 2015

This year’s edition of SIGCHI’s Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY) is quickly approaching, and with the acceptance of a range of submissions, it’s been a great success for us. What makes this even sweeter (besides the conference being hosted at our doorstep in London) is the fact that our papers are the result of great collaborations and excellent student work, for example, Kieran Hicks’ full paper on Hashtag Dungeon, his undergraduate project at the University of Lincoln and also a fully developed indie game soon to go live for sale on Steam.

Paper: Exploring Twitter as a Game Platform; Strategies and Opportunities for Microblogging-based Games

Kieran Hicks – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kathrin Gerling – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Ben Kirman – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Conor Linehan – University College Cork, Ireland
Patrick Dickinson – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Note: “After All the Time I Put Into This”: Co-Creation and the End-of-life of Social Network Games

Alexandra Samper-Martinez – University Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Kathrin Gerling – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Ercilia Garcia-Alvarez – University Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Ben Kirman – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Shaun Lawson – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Paper: How Self-Esteem Shapes our Interactions with Play Technologies

Max Birk – University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Regan Mandryk – University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Kathrin Gerling – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Matthew Miller – University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Workshop: Ageing Playfully: Advancing Research on Games for Older Adults Beyond Accessibility and Health Benefits – http://chiplay15.gerontoludic.com/

Kathrin Gerling – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Bob De Schutter – Miami University, United States
Julie Brown – Ohio University, United States
Jason Allaire – North Carolina State University, United States

Work-in-Progress: Dendrogram Visualization as a Game Design Tool

Tom Feltwell – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Grzegorz Cielniak – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Patrick Dickinson – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Ben Kirman – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Shaun Lawson – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Work-in-Progress: Dead Fun: Uncomfortable Interactions in a Virtual Reality Game for Coffins

James Brown – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kathrin Gerling – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Patrick Dickinson – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Ben Kirman – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Work-in-Progress: Exploring Casual Exergames With Kids Using Wheelchairs

Kieran Hicks – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Kathrin Gerling – University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Preprints of most of our papers are available via the University of Lincoln ePrints site. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in London!

Games Research Reading Group

For the 2014/2015 academic year, the Games Research Reading Group explores topics related to Human-Computer Interaction, Games Studies, and general Games Research.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM to discuss “The Effectiveness (or Lack Thereof) of Aim-Assist Techniques in First-Person Shooter Games” by Vicencio-Moreira et al. (available via http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2557308).

Everyone is welcome, and we particularly encourage participation of undergraduate Games Computing students. For a full overview of topics and dates, please visit http://games.lincoln.ac.uk/reading-group/. If you would like to join the group, please contact Kathrin Gerling.

Global Game Jam 2015

We again hosted an official site of the Global Game Jam, in space kindly provided by the School of Computer Science. This year we had over 50 jammers join us from all over the UK in what is becoming our favourite weekend of the year.

The Global Game Jam is the world’s biggest hackathon and this year saw over 28000 jammers work in 518 locations in 78 countries, simultaneously spending 48 hours creating 5437 brand new games. This year the theme was the simple question “What do we do now?”, which served as inspiration for a wide variety of games from imaginary skipping ropes, through idol worship simulators, co-op platformers, games of celtic mysticism and even a game that uses a real coffin as a controller. I prepared a short video of the many highlights to give a taste for the weekend:

You can see all 19 games created on the University of Lincoln page on the Global Game Jam site. All games are open source and downloadable for free – please give them a go!

Special thanks to Matt Ashton, technician for the School of Computer Science, for support and patience over the whole weekend, plus the School of Computer Science for loan of the space and expenses, and the University of Lincoln Computing Society for helping manage and organise the event. And of course thanks to all the jammers for making such a fun weekend!

Global Game Jam 2015

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The Lincoln Games Research Group, Lincoln School of Computer Science and the University of Lincoln Computing Society are proud to again be hosting an official site of the Global Game Jam.

The Global Game Jam is the largest hackathon in the world, and on the weekend of 23rd to 25th January 2015, thousands of jammers will be working simultaneously in hundreds of locations around the world.

Our official site will be open for the full 48 hours of the jam, in space kindly provided by the School of Computer Science. Attendance is free but you must register a ticket in advance. We are limited by space and tickets will run out! Last year we were pleased to welcome visitors from other universities and game studios from around the region.

For more information on the jam visit the central Global Game Jam website, and see our page on the GGJ directory.
Register for your ticket on our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions about participation, travel or eligibility please contact the site coordinator, Ben Kirman.

24 Hour Game Jam: 18th & 19th October 2014

We are pleased to announce that Sean Oxspring will be running a 24 hour game jam with ULCS on the 18th and 19th of October, 2014. This will be the first game jam of many scattered throughout the year for our students to enter and enjoy!

The game jam will start at 9:00am on the Saturday and run over 24 hours. Participants should arrive in Lab B at 9:00am, so that the theme can be revealed at precisely 10:00am – the jam will then run over 24 hours until 10:00am on the Sunday. Judging will take place at 12:00 and continue till all the entries are seen and awards given!

If you haven’t participated in a jam before, you will find them useful for several reasons:
• They get you to try out new ideas and development processes.
• They give you excellent portfolio pieces and finished games.
• They get you working in a team under a very tight schedule.
• They’re really quite fun!

You can sign up for the game jam here.
Look forward to seeing you on the 18th!