Philosophy of Computer Games (POCG2016) Conference Paper & Talk

The first post-doc publication following on from the work completed during my PhD was presented today at the Philosophy of Computer Games (POCG2016) Conference in Malta’s Institute of Digital Games.

Titled A Theoretical Framework of Ludic Knowledge: A Case Study in Disruption and Cognitive Engagement, it presents the culmination of my work looking at how different knowledge types and different memory types may be leveraged by game designers to produce different types of gameplay experience. The case study in question is of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs which I co-designed alongside Dan Pinchbeck at The Chinese Room.

The paper can be found in full here and, if you really want to listen to my lovely voice, my full conference session can be watched here.

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‘The Doctor Will See You Now’, or, ‘Bugger Me, I Finished!’

So, the primary reason why this blog has been a little ‘tumble-weedy’ for the last year or so has finally been finished. I submitted my PhD thesis in September and had my viva examination in November and have now printed, bound, and delivered the final copy to the University. After 5 years, I can finally fill my spare time with spurious ‘stuff’ again without the constant nagging guilt of not spending every waking moment writing. Or reading. Or thinking about writing or reading.

The final title is Disruptive Game Design: A Commercial Design and Development Methodology for Supporting Player Cognitive Engagement in Digital Games. Yes, a little long (as the printer reminded me as I paid for him to use two type blocks on the cover rather than one), but it gets the point across!

This has been one of the toughest things I think I have ever done but I enjoyed every minute of it. I couldn’t have got to this stage without the outstanding support of everyone else involved though: my supervisors, my family, and especially my wife and son. Thanks to everyone!

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Postmortem Report Now Available on Gamasutra

You can head on over to Gamasutra now to have a read of what is hopefully an interesting and honest postmortem report following the development of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs!