Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Critical Gaming Series @ Semaphore Lab

Out new collaborative lab space at the iSchool, Semaphore lab, is just about, nearly there, up and running, and so we've started holding a series of events to introduce ourselves to the community and share some of the work our members have been doing this semester. This Friday, we're launching our "Critical Gaming Series," which aims to bring together scholars, industry professionals, students and gamers in lively, open discussions focused around a specific game or current event. Each event will begin with a short, formal presentation of academic research/analysis being conducted by one of our lab members, followed by open mic style guided conversation and debate. The games in question will be on hand for demo and gameplay. The first in our series happens this Friday, and here are the details:
Promo image for Mechromancer DLC ©2012 Gearbox Software/2K Games

Girlfriend Mode: A discussion on portrayals of women 
in games and gaming 
Friday, October 26th, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, First Floor Demo Room (1150) 
- Free (rsvp required)

Presented by: Mat Calverley and Tracy Munusami, iSchool MI Candidates 
Critical Gaming Series, Semaphore Lab 

Join us for the inaugural event in Semaphore's Critical Gaming Series, where we will take part in a discussion on the portrayal of women both in digital games and as gamers. The discussion will begin with a brief presentation of the "Girlfriend Mode" controversy launched a developer for Borderlands 2, one of the most anticipated games of 2012. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to come and try the game and participate in the discussion, as we work towards a stronger understanding of current issues surrounding women in digital games. This will be a great opportunity for many for many to learn more about the exciting and trailblazing things that go on in the Semaphore lab. Please note that this discussion will be recorded for hosting on Semaphore Lab's website.

Participants should register here: http://girlfriendmode.eventbrite.ca

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