Workshops

The conference workshops are 3-6 hours long sessions focused on a particular game-related topic. Workshops allow new ideas, theories, and emerging trends to be presented and discussed. Workshops can also be practical tutorials.

We want to present a list of accepted workshops at the DiGRA 2024 Conference, which you can check in detail to submit a proposal to the organizers.

Workshop TitleOrganizers Overview (click on the link for a full description)ContactDurationExpected Date 
1TikTok as gamespace and playgroundSivhonen, T., Guajardo, A.M., Tompkins, J. & Ask, K.This workshop will introduce TikTok as a way to engage with game culture and -audiences, and guides workshop participants in playful exploration and experimentation of the highly popular shot video platform.[email protected]4 hours 1-2 July
2Crunch and psychosocial risk factors in game developmentBourscheid, D. P. & Steil, A. V.The objective of this workshop is to describe what is known about crunch and other psychosocial risk factors related to work in game development as well as to provide information and strategies to professionals in the industry to deal with these issues.[email protected]4 to 5 hours1-2 July
3Temporal Worlding – Remote Reality Games as Spatio-Temporal Navigation and NarrationErdmann, C. & Holl-Trieu, S.Our workshop proposes a Remote Reality Game for DiGRA participants, half of the participants should be in Guadalajara and half of them call in from around the world. Participants are paired and become one character with two bodies: player and avatar. Together, they go on a walk, in which the player directs the avatar and instructs their movement via voice call. The game play is facilitated through a narrative that overlays the real world environment of the players with a speculative framing using temporal navigation systems and narrative structures from games. While the workshop investigates hybrid or remote interaction, it also introduces embodied forms of knowledge production, tuning into cyclical and linear rhythms that condition the body through somatic exercises.[email protected]6 hours 1-2 July
4Ludic Autonomy: Breaching Experiments in Public PlacesGraf, R. Jahrmann, M., Tobier, N., Fizek, S. & Fuchs, M.In this workshop, we will use breaching experiments (Crabtree, 2004) and artistic interventions as a heuristic device (i.e., an experiential learning tool) to explore visible and invisible barriers to ludic engagement in public places near the conference venue.[email protected]1 to 2 hours1-2 July
5Dynamic story creation across game platforms using the narrative language inkHoward, K. T. & Cox, D.Is for a synchronous, web-based virtual workshop. Based on status as contingentfaculty, neither organizer can attend in-person based on limited or no travel funding. We believethis workshop could provide great value to people attending or presenting remotely as part ofother talks and panels.[email protected]3 hours 1-2 July
6Everything is a Game Mechanic: Repurposing the World for Immersive Game DesignLander, M.The goal of the workshop is to explore the design space informing contemporary immersive and mixed reality design from the perspective of folklore and analog gaming traditions, such as role-playing and journaling games. While connected to the idea of Pervasive Games, games that take place in real-world spaces (Montola), this practice is more aligned with the trend of solo role-playing games, where the play itself can be an act of reality crafting and mixing. [email protected]3 hours1-2 July
7Transformative and Subversive Adventure Writing for Dungeons & DragonsMcKenzie, B.This workshop responds to the question: why isn’t the hegemonic RPG Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) the site of more work by writers interested in transformative and subversive play? In January 2023, Wizards of the Coast released its System Reference Document (SRD), a base collection of rules for D&D, under a CC-BY 4.0 license. The SRD, combined with two self-
publishing platforms, Drivethru RPG and DM’s Guild, offers opportunities for independent writers to reach a vast audience of gamers.
[email protected]4 hours1-2 July
8Formalism as a Philosophy for Designing the UnconventionalMitchell, A. & Van Vught, J.In this workshop we address these problems by exploring formalism as a design philosophy (rather than a method) to help designers create unconventional games. Formalism forms an excellent framework for design, since it is specific in its focus on the ways games trigger a defamiliarizing experience, i.e., moments where games break expectations, yet broad enough to account for the design of a wide variety of analogue and digital games.[email protected]3 hours1-2 July
9Game Studies in / and Latin AmericaPenix-Tadsen, P. & López Pérez, B. E.This workshop aims to draw out these interdisciplinary and inter-generational connections between game studies and Latin America, in order to understand complex world interactions among epistemological fields and the diverse ways game studies knowledge is appropriated and developed in different cultures.[email protected]5 hours1-2 July
10Video Game Working: challenges from Latin AmericaRodríguez A. V., Krepki, D. & Flores Obregón, I.From the interest to investigate about the challenges that come from working with and from video games in Latin America, we found important to know in depth the aspects that involve the worlds of work and video games.[email protected]2 to 4 hours1-2 July
11Khel: A playground experience of the games of the Indian SubcontinentSolanki, C.The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for participants to engage in physical activities practised for centuries, offering a hands-on experience beyond theoretical knowledge. By actively participating in these games, individuals will be able to grasp the cultural nuances, strategic elements, and values embedded in them, fostering a more profound connection to the roots of this subcontinental culture.[email protected]3 hours1-2 July
12Initiating A DiGRA Mentoring ProgrammeSotamaa, O.Every year there are dozens of doctoral students and other early career scholars who attend the DiGRA conference for the first time. Many of them do not get much support from their home institution or department, and in this respect the DiGRA conference and the enveloping international community can play a more significant role than we sometimes think of. To better identify the central needs and the required support structures, we propose a DiGRA mentoring programme.[email protected]3 hours1-2 July
13Toward Leveling the Playing Grounds: Anti-Racism, Decolonization, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ADE) for Games Research and CreationGray, K. L. & Voorhees, G.Participants will come to the workshop with an ongoing or upcoming project in mind and leave with an ADE plan to embed anti-racism, decolonization, and EDI into the research questions, execution of project (including methodologies and organization of the lab or team), and knowledge dissemination strategy.[email protected]4 hours1-2 July
14Postanthropocenic, posthumanist, postapocalyptic playWilde, P., May L. & McKeown, W. This workshop invites scholars to explore the complexities and implications of the post-Anthropocene in order to expand our understanding of how digital games can engage with, and respond to, the challenges of the present moment, and the anxieties and opportunities presented by our uncertain futures. Crucially, we ask: how does thinking about the confluence of these ‘posts’ in games influence critical thinking and theory?[email protected]3 hours1-2 July
15Playgrounds for Serious Games in Smart Cities Larios, V. M. & Maciel, R.One of the main challenges in smart cities is to improve or adapt the behavior of citizens for good actions that impact their overall quality of life. This workshop offers a set of presentations on how different playgrounds in urban physical or digital spaces can help to create a better city. Looking at different dimensions of a city, such as education, healthcare, cybersecurity, mobility, and economy, we present in the workshops different examples and assets to help cities to become better spaces for living. [email protected]3 hours1-2 July
16Research Groups on Video Games in Latin AmericaContreras, R. & Garza-Gonzalez, C.The workshop “Research Groups on Video Games in Latin America” focuses on providing a space for each research group to present their past and ongoing projects, as well as their lines of research. The main objective is to foster collaboration among different researchers, promoting the exchange of ideas and the establishment of collaborative links in the field of research. The workshop will be mainly conducted in Spanish.[email protected]2 hours1-2 July