The sixth 48 hour game making challenge (2012)

Turner, Jane & Thomas, Lubi (2012) The sixth 48 hour game making challenge (2012). [Exhibition/Event]

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Game jams provide design researchers with extraordinary opportunity to watch creative teams in action and recent years have seen a number of projects which seek to illuminate the design process as seen in these events. For example, Gaydos, Harris and Martinez discuss the opportunity of the jam to expose students to principles of design process and design spaces (2011). Rouse muses on the game jam ‘as radical practice’ and a ‘corrective to game creation as it is normally practiced’. His observations about his own experience in a jam emphasise the same artistic endeavour forefronted earlier, where the experience is about creation that is divorced from the instrumental motivations of commercial game design (Rouse 2011) and where the focus is on process over product. Other participants remark on the social milieu of the event as a critical factor and the collaborative opportunity as a rich site to engage participants in design processes (Shin et al, 2012). Shin et al are particularly interested in the notion of the site of the process and the ramifications of participants being in the same location. They applaud the more localized event where there is an emphasis on local participation and collaboration.

For other commentators, it is specifically the social experience in the place of the jam is the most important aspect (See Keogh 2011), not the material site but rather the physical embodied experience of ‘being there’ and being part of the event. Participants talk about game jams they have attended in a similar manner to those observations made by Dourish where the experience is layered on top of the physical space of the event (Dourish 2006). It is as if the event has taken on qualities of place where we find echoes of Tuan’s description of a particular site having an aura of history that makes it a very different place, redolent and evocative (Tuan 1977).

Re-presenting the experience in place has become the goal of the data visualisation project that has become the focus of our own curated 48hr game jam. Taking our cue from the work of Tim Ingold on embodied practice, we have now established the 48hr game making challenge as a site for data visualisation research in place.

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ID Code: 57777
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Funders: Halfbrick Studios, Brisbane International Game Developers Association, QUT Creative Industries Precincts, QANTM College Brisbane, Bond University School of Communication and Media, Griffith University QCA Film School
Material: Digital Creative Works
Measurements or Duration: 48 hours
Published Source:
Location: From date: To date:
the block, Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove 2012-09-28 2012-09-30
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Keywords: Creative Practice, Game Design, Innovation, Creative Communities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of International and Development
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2013 22:47
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 00:16

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