MSU Hosts International Conference on Meaningful Play

Posted on: June 14, 2013

MSU Hosts conference on Meaningful PlayIn October 2012, MSU hosted the bi-annual Meaningful Play international academic conference. The conference, which brought together renowned thought leaders and industry pioneers in the field of interactive gaming, explored the life-changing possibilities and the real-world applications of meaningful play and serious gaming.

"These aren't your typical video games; these games are transforming the fields of health, education, social impact and citizen engagement in powerful ways," said Dean Whitten. "We have one of the top video gaming programs in the country here at MSU, so we can barely contain our excitement bringing international gaming superstars into our own backyard."

The week's activities kicked off with CAS' Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law's annual lecture, featuring Constance Steinkuehler, former senior policy analyst at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the U.S. President.

The official conference featured a series of keynote speakers including Donald Brinkman of Microsoft Games for Learning, Phaedra Boinodiris of IBM, Kurt Squire of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Ferrara of Megazoid Games and Michael John of Electronic Arts.

During the conference wrap up, organizers announced the results of the Game Competition Awards, naming MSU game design faculty Carrie Heeter the winner of Most Innovative Game of the year, "DNA Roulette." Attendees also participated in the conference online by sharing thousands of their favorite Meaningful Play moments on Twitter throughout the weekend.

"These aren't your typical video games; these games are transforming the fields of health, education, social impact and citizen engagement in powerful ways."

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