Games Research Group Meeting Minutes for April 4, 2018
Eric: finishing dissertation, piece with Laura has been accepted (Twine game and reflective essays), got feedback from Pokemon Go collection and is doing revisions, planning to send chapters of dissertation out to journals
Amanda: has recently restructured dissertation, filling in/rewriting chapters, has offers from St Mary’s in San Antonio, Dakota State near Sioux Falls, presenting at a conference on Friday in St. Pete
Sara: accepted an offer in English as a VAP, finishing dissertation revisions this week, started an article with Mark for Games and Culture on mods in Doki Doki Literature Club
Mel: book going into production (woo!) working on revise and resubmit of article with Mark, organized a roundtable on fans of color + femslash for TWC special issue, invited to be part of a roundtable on toxic fandom. Henry Jenkins “state of fan studies” piece coming out soon (was supposed to be 26th but who knows?) also writing a book w/ Anastasia (somewhat)
Amy: was in DC two weeks ago to present digitization of St. Augustine National Cemetery to the VA Deputy Undersecretary, it went well; then the Undersecretary was coming to Florida anyway and showed him in live with the AR/tombstone trigger, it worked, he was thrilled and are going to get the PR people to write it up; article to demonstrate that existing “unknown” soldiers can be matched to historical wooden markers in an old photo, has found 43 so far who are there but not names on tombstones
Brenda: Assistant Prof in English, teaches creative writing/screenwriting, does/publishes creative writing, sent out book proposal, creative writing craft book, working on worldbuilding teaching project, teaching a fantasy writing and worldbuilding class in Fall, will be looking for partners to help create multimedia works to go with the world students build (like AR dragons in student union)
Anastasia: Kairos came back on comics as scholarship revisions by 12th, adventure game book proposal with Murray and Reed has been accepted, paper on comparing Github open source collaborative labor to fandom, special issue proposal based on deepfakes, paper in queerbaiting collection with Blodgett on Adventure Time, revisions sent on edited collection on death of Charlie and fangirls in Supernatural
Reminder: Moulthrop coming to GRG 4/16 3pm 107 VAB as part of T&T visit, be there if you can!
Summer meetings? Yes
Summer writing challenge? Yes
Book proposal workshop for beginning of summer? Yes
Name change: Games and Interactive Media Research Group?
Thanks everyone who made it to our meeting this week! We did some great materials workshopping in addition to our usual reporting-in. Some of those who couldn’t make it asked for a video recording which we did try to do — however, since we broke into small groups, the audio from the video is terrible. Sample materials from Anastasia and Mel are in the Google Drive.
Next meeting is Monday, October 30 at 1pm in OTC 500.
Everyone is punch-drunk from the semester smacking us around. The Lost Weeks of September were broached as a rejected Don Henley song
Taylor: Submitting to the Games & Culture Casual / Hardcore CFP; presenting in Savannah this weekend. Preparing for Qualifying Exams.
Amanda: finalizing prospectus to send to committee by the end of the week, starting videos for HASTAC, making paper bag or sock puppets (but not from kits. She doesn’t support that monetization.) Applying for tenure track / postdoc positions.
Sara: Job applications, HASTAC and getting abstract videos ready for that.
Eric: finished chapter 3 draft, application in at SCMS, PCA South this weekend, HASTAC, more publications, change chapter just written into Twine for Kairos,
Mark: job search, doing video game course, making progress on diss, mod article with Mel is progressing
Anne: (making us all look bad…)
Survived the summer!
Loominary @ Smithsonian
FDG – presented paper
AISL submission in
TEI paper – submitted
HASTAC – prep
4 quilts in PIQF!
COOKIES PLS? The cookies stopped going around again. D:
Mike: went to Seattle that was fun
Mel: mod article with Mark; book revisions coming back any day now; book proposal with Anastasia; still thinks Anne should do a Harry Potter fanfic loom scarf game – hecccccck yes
Anastasia: (making us all look bad…) Working on book proposal with Mel; working on book proposal w/ adventure game crew; working on book proposal with Stuart. Very into book proposals right now. Proofs come back on Toxic Geek Masculinity 10/10. Looking at CFP for Future of Fandom. Revising Eliza + Andromeda for HASTAC. Revising Kairos article on alternative scholarly forms.
We have determined that “a little window thing in the top of the car” is called a sun roof
Anastasia is going to write a book proposal on that now. (Thank you google for offering the auto-assign for this task.)
Jon: Introduction; teaching digital video and interactive design. Does game art: can potentially collaborate on projects. Has an Acer dev kit and has invited people to crash the office.
CV / Web presence workshop
Google Drive: CVs / statements / etc from professors
Attendees: Emily, Anastasia, Mel, Amy, Donnie, Sara, on Skype: Taylor and Eric. Anne is recovering from surgery (get well soon, Anne!). Natalie and Peter are recovering from Australia. The few, the proud, the people who are hanging out in Orlando for the summer.
Since Anastasia will be in Portugal for 2 weeks, there won’t be another July meeting. We’ll reconvene in August.
CFPs that are out:
SCMS call is out, due August 31. Putting together a session is a good call for this one. Be warned: acceptance is hit and miss, and there’s no feedback. But it’s mid-sized, great for networking.
Games and Culture: casual games and gaming, edited by Shira Chess (who is super awesome!), everybody we know is submitting and it will be competitive. October 10 for 6000 word full essay, Shira is looking at abstracts in advance to talk about fit
Mel: book, camera obscura R&R is sent, modding games law/ethics (w/ Mark)
Amy: is in the midst of a HASTAC scheduling nightmare, cemetery project website needs to be demo-able by Wednesday
Donnie: much office work, boo; at HCI international on Peter’s panel next week, accessibility research; got a revision request for a chapter from like a year ago with an unreasonable deadline
Sara: working on drafting first chapter, aiming for 2 by end of August; finished IRB proposal, Emily is giving advice about how to work the IRB office for maximum success; had paper accepted to Popular Culture Studies and did revisions, will be published in fall; got accepted to FDG, deciding whether to do poster session
Eric: has Pokemon Go abstract mapped out’; has draft of photo journal; got the Well Played article out on time; data collection will be done by the 14th and then can do FDG poster and start to write dissertation
Taylor: finished well played paper; working on summer class; submitted abstract to PCA South; hasn’t submitted to Journal of Popular Culture yet but it’s in good shape; got accepted at HASTAC; casual and hardcore CFP for Games and Culture; finished 4 of 6 exams books
Emily: History game grant is almost ready; doing another pilot study with less common words for language learning game; waiting on IRB to see if they can do formal questionnaire with Limbitless kids; got R&R on 2 grants; HCII presentation about design for wheelchair users and DiGRA one (Peter presented but collaborative work)
Anastasia: Toxic Geek Masculinity has book cover; about to go to ELO with a Twine thing but also a modified version of the ELIZA bot; giving a talk at ELO about VR adventure games and why there aren’t any; sent in article (for Media and the Extreme Right issue) on Ghostbusters
Game camp report back:
It happened! They were younger than advertised: 6th-9th grade. They don’t play games, didn’t have favorites. Art went the best. Programming less so. In the end they were happy and the parents were happy so overall success. Amy thinks they enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. For next time: they were more comfortable with women, and not having any people of color was a drawback.
Present: Anastasia, Emily, Mel, Anne, Eric, Taylor, Peter
Anne: working on an article for that Well-Played CFP on Time Stories. In May and June: FDG camera ready paper, prep work to do for ELO. Preparing for a summer camp (should really do more.) Prepping for TV show in June. (yes, this is copy and paste.) Loominary accepted at indiearcade (Smithsonian!) and two quilts accepted at QuiltWeek (yay!) Citizen Curator exhibit is up. Workshop organized. Doctoral Consortium grant accepted!
Eric: currently doing data collection (technically work on the FDG poster) and on track to meet June 15th deadline for dissertation timetable. Working on photojournal in Twine, working with Taylor on Well Played and putting finishing touches on the article now. CFP on Pokemon Go collection coming up, cluster criticism to look at game resources.
Mel: four chapter re-re-revised, consulted with peers at ICA. Moving this week. Was in top 10 tweeters at ICA, great conference. Project on reactionary fandom / right wing micro celebrity to think about current events and attachments coming together, and new project on LGBTQ representations / tv writers engagement with fan for Journal of Film and Video: queer production studies issue coming up. Working on revise and resubmit for Camera Obscura. Starting a project on American Gladiator / American Ninja Warrior and masculinity.
Taylor: working and taking a class this summer; working on article with Eric. Putting together an abstract for PCA south in October from same paper. Submitting to Journal of Popular Culture by end of summer. Starting on reading comp exam list.
Emily: still pending a good amount of things, but did a pilot study with 12 participants (6 walk-ins!) formal revisions of an ITSEC paper due Friday. Learned a lot from the pre-test and study design, particularly regarding having room to improve from the experiment. Future project involving comparison with a VR version of the game. Submitting long distance huggable light-up bear concept for a Comcast wi-fi grant with Anne. Working on another grant to build a history course game with riddles / Sherlock style gameplay to explore cognitive dissonance, wants to showcase prototype in August. Have to make slides for DH presentation because Rudy won’t send her to Canada 🙁
Peter: been working a lot on hardware stuff, arm games (IndieCade) and a new version of Pencil Pushers.
Present: Anastasia, Anne, Mel, Joey, Amy, Emily, John, Joey, Eric, John. Peter took a cupcake but didn’t stay. Matt did not take a cupcake but also didn’t stay.
Emily: like the world, has given up on the NEH grant. Waiting to hear back on 2 grants in June, one in July, one in October, and one other sometime in the middle. Eight projects pending collaborator action (Anne says sorry. Others refuse to comment.) Real study with humans (unfunded) with 6 participants so far. Bugging Rudy as much as possible this summer (update: one email reply received.) Not attending many conferences, but name on presentations. Finally submitted grant, looking at Comcast grant with Anne and Matt, and working on Sloane Foundation grant.
Eric: into the FDG doctoral consortium (yay!) and will be working on poster session. Going to be doing interviews, so starting the IRB process. Will be investigating Emily’s lending library for qualitative methods books. Working on a Well-Played article with Taylor, due July 1st, writing about M:TG. Shopping for CFPs, so send him cool ones.
Anne: working on an article for that Well-Played CFP on Time Stories. In May and June: FDG camera ready paper, prep work to do for ELO. Preparing for a summer camp (should really do more.) Prepping for TV show in June. Two exhibits approved: Citizen Curator, wrote article for the catalog. Submitted a game to the Smithsonian SAM arcade: IndieArcade show. Have not heard back from HASTAC (middle of June) and worked on a grant proposal for artificial intelligence, co-organizing, should hear back soon. Also many papers to review.
Mel: submitted book (yay!) but the press has been reorganized, so working on revisions. Got an article out the door: manifesto on safe spaces, de-manifestoed and submitted. Revise and resubmit for Camera Obscura for work on queerness in comics, hoping to turn around revisions on June. Leaving tomorrow for ICA. Conference in Boston awesome, generative for next book on IP and creativity. Hoping to apply for grants, assuming grants still exist.
Joey: got a book contract with Routledge (yay!) on digital badging. Got accepted to Replay Japan. Book chapter on educational methods in Overwatch accepted. Wants to return to games in education article, and start working on the book. Also writing a Faculty Focus article, possibly with Anne’s help.
Kevin: applying for internships, preparing to start graduate school in the fall. Recommended to look for Unreal developer positions in Research Park.
Amy: HASTAC: those of you who have reviews pending, do them!!! (by Monday) looking to do acceptances mid-June. Working on the IDL class this summer, helping with the summer camp, so will be learning Construct 2. Presented well-received 4 lectures at a conference on Raleigh. Proquest wants to talk about the algorithm (!!!). Revise and resubmit for digital scholarship in the humanities, Florida article accepted without revisions (!). Working on HASTAC stuff and design for cemetery project. Needs advice regarding contrast in AR / Viewphoria.
John: Working on creativity in Minecraft. Test of creativity that is easy to administer, but has the flaw of being only in-person, online prototype attempted but Pearson refused to allow. Looking for suggestions for testing / publishing.
FDG feedback – working on or submitted reviewer rebuttals
Many folks just returned from PCA!
Upcoming conferences to think about:
SCMS 18 (Toronto)
AoIR 18 (Montreal
ChLA is in Tampa this year (June) for those interested in attending
Well Played CFP – Analog Games
Amanda – did not book a cruise (sad!) and is still waiting to hear back on any of her exams, unofficial passing before the third exam. Just elected treasurer of the graduate student association (yay!). Looking to get back into teaching (woo!) and defend prospectus and move on.
Sara – hopefully defending prospectus next week (yay!) and hoping to draft two chapters over the summer, then start the actual study when the semester starts in August, then write last three chapters in the fall with draft complete in January.
Anne – is, existentially speaking, not here. Preparing for ELO, submitted to HASTAC (yay!), wrote an FDG rebuttal (yay!). Looking for grant opportunities. Much conferencing. Such TV talks.
Mel – revising book, all the time (when not teaching.) Due on the 30th, after which point life can resume. However, presenting in Boston this weekend (yay intellectual property law!) and planning to spend the summer reading. Working on a project with Riches to redesign the interface! Also, many many conferences.
Anastasia – working on book (due May 1st!) and many chapters / peer review / video talks / etc.
Summer Vote: We are meeting, with times to be scheduled via Doodle polls
Network connection analysis — demonstrating in the context of letter writing, looking at well-connected correspondents, places, etc.
Use it for finding patterns — it makes pictures, but out of context of the tool they won’t provide enough information
Define nodes / edges
Move into Excel, use VBscript / mass replace to ensure harmony of data (names spelled the same, etc)
Allure of the Seas — amazing looking cruise ship, for all your cruise needs
New plan: host FDG, put it in Allure of the Seas
Anne: finished FDG paper, by next time working on IRB approval for user studies / talking to people, putting in a session for HASTAC
Taylor: presented a paper at ICFA on Hearthstone, presenting at PCA in two weeks on a project using a game in a composition and literature project, and will come up with something for HASTAC
Kevin: Last scholarships for fall due this weekend, found a button on MyUCF to apply to new scholarships that shows everything you qualify for, hopefully will know something by next time
Sara: applied to FDG for the doctoral consortium, finished complete draft of prospectus, and will now apply to HASTAC by next meeting and finish preparing for PCA
Amy: achieved goal of doing nothing, presentations for the agricultural history society in June, DH conference in Montreal with Emily
Mark: successfully recovered from plague and completed draft of prospectus (not dead!), preparing for PCA, getting feedback on first draft of the prospectus. Starting first chapter of dissertation. Goal: first draft by Saturday. Also submitting to HASTAC
Mel: still doing basically nothing but book but will submit to HASTAC, finalize presentation for participatory design thing, definitely not start it
Amanda: finished exams (yay!), needs to work on a couple of HASTAC proposals, learning qlab to run sound in the Dr Phillips Center
Emily: already submitted to HASTAC (5 proposals!!!) one as first author, met with ORC and going to a couple of follow-ups, maybe commercializing as Emily continues to try to get money (not by however means necessary, only policy-approved means.) One more grant by next time, Digital Projects for the Public NEH due in June. Emily collects professors.
Peter: updates on article with Joey for well-played, got something into Replay in Japan conference but not sure what’s needed as far as papers. Going to Australia tomorrow (!!!) to give a talk on limitless.