Call for Proposals
3rd Multiple Approaches to Game Analysis Workshop (MAGAW 2018), 8th – 9th of November 2018, University of Lincoln, UK
Queries about the workshop, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmanuel Guardiola (Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln), Jussi Holopainen (Lincoln Games Research Network, University of Lincoln), and Curtis Maughan (Cologne Game Lab, TH Köln, Vanderbilt University) invite you to apply to a two-day, hands-on game analysis workshop.
In an attempt to develop a multidisciplinary game analysis toolkit, we are seeking a diverse spectrum of approaches to game analysis. By game analysis we refer to a systematic and critical identification of structures, elements and qualities of a game or genre.
Applicants who are accepted will be invited to the two-day game analysis workshop at University of Lincoln, UK. Selected applicants will analyze a mainstream game during the workshop, but will not know in advance what game.
MAGAW 2018 will begin with the ‘big reveal’ of the game that will be the object of analysis. Participants will spend the rest of the day (Thursday November 8th) playing the selected game and analyzing it with their particular approach. The necessary equipment — consoles, PCs, portable devices, and copies of the game — will be provided.
On day two (Friday November 9th), participants will spend the morning reviewing the results of their analysis and preparing a brief recap. After lunch, participants will share their findings with one another and assess the efficacy of their methods by discussing such questions as: What worked? What could be improved? How might the diverse selection of approaches complement one another?
Proposal deadline: September 2nd
Notification of acceptance: September 7th
Workshop: November 8th-9th (University of Lincoln, lincoln.ac.uk)
Workshop email: email@example.com
More information about Lincoln Games Research Network can be found at games.lincoln.ac.uk.
Here are two samples of what an approach to game analysis might look like:
Approach to Game Analysis: Diegetic vs. Non-diegetic Sound
An approach to Game Analysis: visual patterns discourse in gameplay progression by Mariana Amaro
Games, unlike movies, can mostly allow camera view framing control and exploration of large world scenarios to players. This relative freedom makes it more difficult to capture and analyze visual data in video games rather than in films, as every game experience can be somewhat unique to each player. So I propose a methodological approach to understand if there is a visual coherence in games regarding its challenges and climax progression with its visual elements, i.e. a “gameplay visual discourse”.
In my analysis, I will process gameplay images with ImageJ, a software that can extract numerical metadata of a large volume of images and also generates graphic charts from collected data. This analysis will only include visual elements from gameplay, excluding cutscenes. Two techniques will be used: a) Parameter of hue, brightness, and saturation balances extracted from gameplay images, and b) Generate visualization of game scenario’s color scheme from collected data.
I intend with this approach observe gameplay visual impact (by the principle of color and tone contrast) and its affinity within the intensity of game’s progression structure. I hope to get answers to the following questions: What can it be analyzed from a scheme coherence’s graphic charts of gameplay visual data color? How is the relation between image metadata, color and tone scheme, and game challenges intertwined during gameplay? What layers of meaning could emerge from the confluence between game progression and color and tone contrasts in gameplay?