Physical and Digital in Games and Play
Game Research Lab Spring Seminar 2013
Tampere Finland

Workshop Day
Wednesday 29th May

10:00 – 15:00 Hybbi Playful Brainstorming Workshop
Media museum Rupriikki, Finlayson area
10:30 – 16:00 Pelitutkimuksen päivä
Uusi Tehdas, Finlayson area
Pelitutkimuksen päivä is a one day seminar organized by DiGRA Finland and Neogames. Finnish game researchers and students are presenting and discussing their recent work. The seminar is open for everyone interested in game studies. Seminar language is Finnish.
(16:00) 18:00 – 22:00 Pre-Seminar Dinner @ Plevna
Join us for the annual pre-seminar dinner at Plevna Brewery Pub and Restaurant

Day 1
Thursday 30th May
University of Tampere, Pinni B, LS B3107

9:00 – 9:30 COFFEE (provided by Hybridex)
9:30 – 9:40 Welcoming words, Frans Mäyrä
9:40 – 10:00 Commentator Presentation: Annika Waern (no paper)
10:00 – 10:30 Jon Back & Syed Naseh: Game Specific Physical Objects In Pervasive Games
10:30 – 11:00 Rafael Bienia: Agency of Game Materials in German larp
11:00 – 11:30 BREAK
11:30 – 12:00 Kim Nevelsteen: Design Implications of Spatial Representations and Mappings Thereof in Pervasive Games
12:00 – 12:30 Tuomas Harviainen: Gods within Tiny Realities: The Play with Managerial Styles in Larps
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 14:00 Student Presentation: Jakub Dolecek: Popularization of Science by Live Action Role-Playing Games in Czech Republic (no paper)
14:00 – 14:30 Miguel V. Espada & Ana Kuntzelman: ‘Interactive Chalk Cars’: an interactive installation exploring rule adaptability on physical games
14:30 – 15:00 Frans Mäyrä, Annakaisa Kultima, Kati Alha & Heikki Tyni: Slide to Work: Analyzing the Concept of Slide in Workplace
15:00 – 15:30 COFFEE (provided by Hybridex)
15:30 – 16:00 Perttu Hämäläinen: Gamification of exercise using computer vision and motion sensing technologies
16:00 – 16:30 Janne Paavilainen: Competitive Laser Tag: An Ethnographic Study
19:00 – 23:00 Seminar Get-Together @ School of Information Science
Come and join us for some informal discussions and game playing at the School of Information Sciences premises. Snacks and drinks provided by Hybridex

Day 2
Friday 31st May
Pinni B, LS B3107

9:30 – 10:00 COFFEE (provided by Hybridex)
10:00 – 10:40 Commentator Presentation: Katriina Heljakka “Adults Toying” (no paper)
10:40 – 11:10 Mark Lochier: Time-wARpeXplorer: creating a playful experience in an urban time warp
11:10 – 11:40 Marcus Carter, Dr. Martin Gibbs & Mitchell Harrop: The Roll of Dice in Warhammer 40,000
11:40 – 12:00 BREAK
12:00 – 12:30 Iouliani Theona: Best of Both Worlds? Investigating the Spatiality of Hybrid Reality Games
12:30 – 13:00 Annakaisa Kultima, Heikki Tyni & Frans Mäyrä: Dimensions of Hybrid in Playful Products
13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH
14:00 – 14:30 Student Presentation: Ville Kankainen: Blood Bowl vs. Fumbbl – comparing the digital and tabletop gaming experience (no paper)
14:30 – 15:00 Inger Ekman: Physical-digital sound links: a breakdown of the audio strategies found in commercial locative games
15:00 – 15:30 COFFEE (provided by Hybridex)
15:30 – 16:00 Olli Sotamaa: Digital Games Do Not Exist – A Thinkpiece
Chelsea Winter-Nolen & Carl Johan Westberg: Digital games aesthetics and the structuring of the cognitive framing of quotidian experiences
 16:00 – 16:30  Discussion
18:00 – 21:00 Trip to Kaupinoja sauna – A trip to authentic Tampere sauna experience. We will leave from the university inner yard at 18:00 sharp. You will need to bring your own towel, swimsuit and perhaps some change for sausage or beer. More info on Kaupinoja sauna:

Extra Day
Saturday 1st June

16:00 – 02:00 Gaming nite @ bar 931; playable games, game music and Docent Sotamaa’s famous Game Quiz. The event is organized by Utaplay and is open for public. More info at:

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