The Meaningful Play 2012 international academic conference at Michigan State University started Thursday, October 18. The conference, which brings together renown thought leaders and industry pioneers in the field of interactive gaming, explores 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 Pamela Whitten, MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “We have one of the top video gaming programs in the country here at MSU, so we can barely contain our excitement to bring national gaming superstars into our own backyard.”
The week’s activities kicked off Wednesday, October 17 with CAS’ annual Quello 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 lecture took place in the Kellogg Center’s Lincoln room from 6-7:45 p.m.
The conference ran from Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, October 20 and 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.
Attendees were able to participate in the conference online by tweeting their Meaningful Play “Momentous Mementos” using the hashtag #mp2012. Videos will also be uploaded to YouTube and images will be uploaded to Flickr using the same tag.
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