I participated in an interesting meeting last Tuesday. It was the first meeting of a informal study group of game studies, organised by few friendly staff members of the university’s Hypermedia Laboratory. The group will meet few times this Spring and then continue next Autumn, perhaps in a more formal fashion, too.
The first meeting was basically discussion about what the group should do. Academical-ish discussion, introductory talks, analysis of games and articles got support. Many people are interested in computer games (the emphasis of the game studies in Tampere University is in digital games), but many are role players or otherwise interested in diverse forms of games.
Actually, I already promised to give a talk about board game renaissance for the next meeting, which is 8.5. — that’ll be interesting.