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Category Archives: Talks

Public Game Installations & Player Engagement

A few weeks ago I had the plea­sure of speak­ing at Dutch E-Cul­­ture Days in Helsin­ki. An event orga­nized by Virtueel Plat­form, it took place at the World Design Cap­i­tal Pavil­ion and last­ed two days. On the first, sev­er­al Dutch trans­me­dia projects were pre­sent­ed. My favorite was film­mak­er Floris Kaayk’s Human Bird­wings project, an elab­o­rate […]

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‘The Social Contract Put at Play’ at Lift12

This is a long over­due blog post for my talk at Lift12. It’s about what games can do for soci­ety. As such it builds on what I talked about in 2011 at FutureEv­ery­thing and at dCon­struct. What I tried to do here is to be more artic­u­late about why I think the pub­lic sphere is […]

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The Transformers at dConstruct 2011

Over two weeks have passed since dCon­struct 2011 so it’s high time I post my talk. I felt a bit appre­hen­sive about this one: dCon­struct tends to have a pret­ty het­ero­ge­neous audi­ence, so it’s hard to know what kind of talk to shoot for. In addi­tion, I was slight­ly wor­ried about how peo­ple would react […]

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New Games for New Cities at FutureEverything

Last week I was in Man­ches­ter for FutureEv­ery­thing. I pre­sent­ed on games and how they can be used to improve city life. Below are my notes and a selec­tion of slides. It’s longish, but hope­ful­ly infor­ma­tive. I’ve tried to con­nect crit­i­cism of gam­i­fi­ca­tion with the virtues of open-end­ed play, and show how the lat­ter can […]

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Slides and notes for ‘Fevered’ at Mob Fest: Thinking Mobile

After speak­ing at an Ignite a while ago I returned to Mediamatic’s won­der­ful Arcade exhi­bi­tion last week. I was asked to present at the first evening of Mob Fest, a 3-day mini fes­ti­val on mobile games in the broad­est sense of the word. Below are my slides and notes for the talk. The evening was […]

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My talk at Ignite Amsterdam 4

Here’s a selec­tion of the 20 pic­tures I showed at Ignite Ams­ter­dam 4, and the words I man­aged to cram into the 5 min­utes I had avail­able to me. It’s about some of the things that excite me, some of our recent work (most notably PLAY Pilots) and some of our new projects on the […]

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Slides and notes for ‘Limits of the Imaginable’ – a lecture on the future of applied game design

Last week I found myself in the gor­geous sur­round­ings of the Roy­al Dutch Acad­e­my of Sci­ences (KNAW) to talk about my views on the future of applied game design at an expert meet­ing orga­nized by the Nether­lands Study Cen­tre for Tech­nol­o­gy Trends (STT). I was one of four speak­ers, the oth­ers being David Shaf­fer, Jeroen […]

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Slides and notes for ‘The City Is My Games Console’ at CIID

A few weeks ago I had the plea­sure of doing an open lec­ture at CIID; the Copen­hagen Insti­tute for Inter­ac­tion Design. Below you’ll find a selec­tion of the slides I used, plus a rough tran­script of what I said.1 Not includ­ed is arguably the most fun part of the after­noon, which was a playtest of […]

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A few predictions for the future of urban games

On Wednes­day 14 April I co-host­ed the first Best Scene in Town work­shop on invi­ta­tion of Waag Society’s Ronald Lenz. The oth­er co-host was The Mobile City’s Mar­ti­jn de Waal. Best Scene in Town is a design con­test where­in par­tic­i­pants are asked to cre­ate an urban game, nar­ra­tive expe­ri­ence or tour using 7scenes; Waag Society’s […]

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Shaping the city with urban games at Visible Cities #03

Last week I had the plea­sure of being able to speak at Vis­i­ble Cities, which is a series of events on emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and the city. The third edi­tion looked at urban gam­ing and brought togeth­er archi­tects, design­ers and tech­nol­o­gists to explore how these games can be used to shape cities. Michiel de Lange kicked […]

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