Program & Registration

Registration Information

To register for the seminar, please complete this short form with your details:

Full Program

N.B. The previously TBC museum tour scheduled for 15.00-16.00 on Monday 15th April is now confirmed.

Pre-conference Events: Sunday 14th April 2019
***Available all day: Play Troy Innocent’s mixed-reality game, Wayfinder Live ***

16.00 – WAYFINDER LIVE WALKING TOUR – Troy Innocent will provide a walking tour around the Vapriikki museum area introducing players to his game Wayfinder Live. This is a great way to learn the basics and find some early codes. We will meet at the Vapriikki foyer (near the ticket counter). The walking tour will last approximately one hour. Click here for the Facebook invitation.

18.00 – CASUAL DINNER (Plevna Brewery Pub & Restaurant, Itäinenkatu 8) – If you’re in town already on Sunday, join us for a casual get-together. Grab something to eat or just have a drink in good company.

Day 1, Monday 15th April 2019 (Museum Center Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5)
***Available all day: Play Troy Innocent’s mixed-reality game, Wayfinder Live ***

8.30 Registration
9.00 – 9.30 Welcoming words (Frans Mäyrä & Dale Leorke)
9.30 – 11.00 Session 1: Rethinking Urban Play

  • Mattia Thibault & Lobna Hassan, Critical Urban Play
  • Hamza Bashandy, Playing Maps, Making Space
  • Sebastian Deterding, Games Cities Play: Up and Down and Sideways on the Ladder of Abstraction

11.00 – 11.30 BREAK
11.30 – 13.00 Session 2: Civic Games and Urban Planning

  • Chen Yingrong, Gamifying the Citizenship and Governmentality in Chinese Sesame Credit System
  • Nisan Almog, The City is Our Playground. The Mind, Too.
  • Peter Kristof Makai, Uninhabitable Playgrounds: The Semblance of ‘Cityness’ in Fictional Urban Areas Designed Solely for Entertainment

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH (Restaurant Valssi @ Museum Centre Vapriikki)
14.00 – 15.00 Artist Keynote: Troy Innocent (RMIT, Australia)
15.00 – 16.00 Tour of the Finnish Museum of Games + BREAK
16.00 – 17.30 Session 3: Creatures, Portals and Machines in the City

  • Elina Koskinen, Middle-aged Players & Memorable Experiences with Pokémon GO
  • Janne Paavilainen, Playability of Location-based Games: Heuristic Evaluation of Ingress and Pokémon GO
  • Veli-Matti Karhulahti, Katriina Heljakka & Dongwon Jo, Claw Crane: Romantic Toy Play in Urban South Korea

19.00 – Reception at Tampere University, Kanslerinrinne 1, Pinni B, 2. floor, OASIS space (Snacks, drinks, games etc.)

Day 2, Tuesday 16th April 2019 (Museum Center Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5)
***Ending at 17.00: Play Troy Innocent’s mixed-reality game, Wayfinder Live ***

09.30 – 10.45 Session 4: Pervasive Play

  • Simo Järvelä, Pervasive Larps as Regimes of Shared Attention
  • Jaakko Stenros, Annika Waern & Markus Montola, Roundtable Q & A – Pervasive Games: Ten Years Later

10.45 – 11.15 BREAK
11.15 – 12.45 Session 5: Social Perspectives on Location-based and Mixed-reality Games

  • Sabine Harrer & Christiane Hütter, Healing the City: Mixed-reality Games as Urban Family Counselling
  • Jaakko Vuorio, Location-based Games in Schools: Outgunning Learning Tools or Same Old Snake Oil?
  • Jonas Linderoth, Carl Heath, Jonas Ivarsson & Björn Sjöblom, The Politics Problem in Foursquare: Game Design as a Blind Spot in the Management of Schoolyard Conflicts

12.45 – 13.45 LUNCH (Restaurant Valssi @ Museum Centre Vapriikki)
13.45 – 14.30 Commentator Keynote – Sybille Lammes (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
14.30 – 15.00 BREAK
15.00 – 16.30 Session 6: Representing Towns and Cityscapes in Digital Games

  • Olli Sotamaa, City-building Games and Urban Planning
  • Theresa Krampe, (Re-)playing London: Mapping Neo-Victorian Cityspaces in Recent Videogames
  • Mia Consalvo & Andy Phelps, Getting Through a Tough Day (Again): What Possum Springs Says About Mental Health and Social Class