[Air-L] CFP: Social, Casual, Mobile: Changing Games ANZCA Pre-Conference (2 July 2013)

Tama Leaver tamaleaver at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 20:58:55 PST 2013

CFP: Social, Casual, Mobile: Changing Games,
ANZCA 2013 PreConference, 2 July 2013, Perth, Western Australia.

Keynote Speaker: Mia Consalvo, Concordia University,Montreal
Plenary Speaker: John Banks, Queensland University of Technology

Social, casual and mobile games – primarily experienced on smartphones
and online social networks – are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and
in the process, changing the ways in which games are designed,
understood and, most importantly, played. This preconference will
explore this rapidly changing gaming landscape and discuss the ludic,
methodological, theoretical, economic, social and cultural challenges
that these changes invoke.  Importantly, social, casual and mobile
games do not exist in a vacuum, so the challenges, changes and
continuities in relation to previous digital and physical games and
gaming practices are also open for analysis.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
•	Design and industry shifts from traditional games to mobile and
networked games
•	New user demographics
•	Virtual currencies, in-game purchases, the .99c price-point and
other economic issues
•	Games as  surveillance and the exchange of user information for game progress
•	Zynga: The Rise and (partial) Fall of Facebook’s Biggest Gaming Friend
•	Mobile Franchises:  Angry Birds, Plants V Zombies, and so on.
•	South-East Asian and other non-Western gaming cultures
•	Gaming communities
•	Gamification - the good, the bad, and the scoreboard
•	Convergence and social, casual and mobile games
•	Edutainment
•	The sociality or otherwise of social games
•	Shifting landscape from PC and console games to social, casual and
mobile games
•	Locative games: place and mobility

Paper abstracts of no more than 500 words, or full papers of no more
than 5000 words, including a brief biographic statement, using APA 6th
referencing style, are due Friday, 29 March 2013 (accepted papers and
abstracts will be notified by 15 April 2013), emailed to
socialcasualmobile at gmail.com.

Pre-conference papers and abstracts will not appear in the ANZCA
proceedings; rather they will automatically be considered for
inclusion in an edited collection on the topic Social, Casual, Mobile:
Changing Games being organised concurrently with the preconference. If
you do NOT want your paper or abstract considered for inclusion in
this collection, please note this when emailing your submission.

For more details please visit http://socialcasualmobile.blogspot.com.

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