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Meeting 02.22.17

Games Research Group Minutes

February 22nd: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

  • Presenting: Eric Murnane
  • Provider of Snacks: Mel Stanfill


Eric presented his work on Starcraft II and conscientious play. He’ll be presenting the paper at PCA, and has received an award for best graduate student paper that comes complete with publication in the Journal of Popular Culture!

Reports of Goals and Progress

  • Eric – Prepared his presentation, now focusing on his FDG and doctoral consortium papers
  • Peter – Several conference papers in progress, deadline extended, maybe writing something for FDG as well
  • David – candidacy exam part one complete, focused on prep for second exam, group encouraged him to consider the doctoral consortium application for FDG
  • Sara – presented, had a paper accepted with (other) David, working on methodology for prospectus and draft in by Friday
  • Emily – submitted NIH grant with Peter and others, won internal submission, working on a new one, submitted paper on language learning game, might take demo to FDG, working on IRB stuff with Mel and Pam and Anastasia, article on Judaic studies, THATCamp is Saturday and she agreed to go
  • Mel – going to CSCW on Friday for workshops, submitting internal grant today for web design curriculum
  • Anastasia – workshop at Sunshine State went well, now focusing on finishing up litgames chapter / FDG presentation / Twine game


  • THATCamp this weekend!
  • HASTAC CFP is open through April 7!
  • FDG deadline is coming up fast on March 6th!

Games Research Group Spring Challenge begins March 1st!

Log 30 minutes per day of writing here: 

Meeting 02.07.17

Games Research Group Minutes

February 7th: 11:00 – 12:00

Attending: Anastasia, Mel, Anne, Sara, Amanda, Eric, Mike, Joey, Mark, Donnie, Emily, Amy

Note: Joey is attempting to Skype in from his office rather than walking fifty-seven feet. We are judging him.

Anne arrived with brownies, thus enabling us to have a quorum.

Anastasia suggested revitalizing the Summer Writing Challenge in the service of goal setting and forward momentum. Brief reports of what has happened since last meeting and 2 goals for what you will do before next meeting.

Reports and Goals

  • Mark: Sent first draft of lit review and working on research design, goal of chapter structure, looking at agency and choice, different groups play different mods to see about which has effects.
  • Emily: made brownies, wants to accomplish some Limbitless things and health game
  • Amy: PLANT grant for RICHES and VA history project
  • Donnie: was elected to be treasurer of Consortium of College Multimedia Organizations, advising Mark to consult him about mods because that was his research
  • Peter: focused on CPE binder, writing conference paper
  • Mike(?): senior design group for healthcare chat bot
  • Eric: actually registered for dissertation hours, got onto editorial board for a journal, for next time will have methods figured out and be well on the way to a draft of prospectus
  • Amanda: first exam this week, will miss next meeting because will be at SWPCA, and American Camp Association (not like Sontag)
  • Sara: first draft of prospectus, looking for games on Vive, working on SWPCA paper
  • Anne: New project with Joey looking at badges and achievements and physical artifacts from gameplay, combining the 2, is it more motivating with a physical badge than digital, can also make them personalized, has gotten an embroidery machine, available to anyone who wants to use it in Games Lab, will do a workshop, will miss next session for QuiltCon in Savannah, accepted at ELO (not the band) panel and loom game, goals: will be presenting/workshop at QuiltCon, learning embroidery machine, and working for embroidery game Heirloom social narrative experience
  • Mel: will go to PSU York, will go to CSCW
  • Anastasia: got talked into a workshop and then Keri bailed (boo), invited to Rollins to speak for history honors society, will talk about understanding American history through transmedia Batman, THATcamp coming up and an informal organizer, would want to have games people involved, can still propose things, book chapter on Lit Games anthology, binders that shall not be named due tomorrow (Anne points out brownies are good defense against dementors), FDG paper deadline is coming up

Notes and Planning

  • Something we had talked about was formally presenting but no one volunteered–need someone for 22nd, Eric volunteered to test out PCA presentation. Anne will present at the next presentation meeting (which will be the third meeting because we alternate).
  • Writing log: Mike has improved it, we’re waiting for authorization to move it to GRG website, there will be a login, and Anne and Joey will make badges, we need a redesign of the GRG logo to be more embroidery friendly (Anne volunteered and formed a committee with Emily).
  • Emily needs an updated profile for us for the GRG website in 250 words. Otherwise Joey will be a PhD student 5eva. Also send her blog posts or game reviews or whatever.
  • Summer camp–maybe meeting in March
  • HASTAC will be here in November . Due April 7, people should submit.
  • Amy is working on augmented reality project for VA, Anastasia will put feelers out to colleagues who might have software solutions

Meeting 01.25.17

Meeting Notes – January 25, 2017

Quick Reports

  • Rudy – left super early as usual, but has a good lead for Sara in regards to her dissertation idea – Sara should pester Rudy about this.  Has to do with downtown, VR, Wellsbuilt hotel, Paul Lartonoix and could be a good opportunity.
  • Anne – Loominary (game with a loom – electronics now working! Starting the game) conferences coming up: on the computational side, artificial intelligence for interactive digital entertainment. Anne is on the program committee so will get you in. Interactive entertainment / art show new this year. Creativity and Cognition art show call out
  • Mel – has become a games researcher! (resistance is futile) working with Emily and Anastasia on a technologically mediated sexuality game for teens. Going to Computer Supported Coop Work for two workshops with position papers on initial  concept for participatory design
  • Peter – working on several grant applications, continuing collaboration with Limitless, won award (yay!) for most innovative game. Now working with new custom controller. Wrote a paper on knock-off Russian Game & Watch games, might go to Replaying Japan or games history conference
  • Mike – Looking for group projects for computer science students: need proposals by Monday, 8 months team of 2-4 students — long term project. Just got IRB approval on another project. Working with Amazon on chatbots / webbots and interactions regarding financial hardships (based on Alexa)
  • Emily – three plant grants, waiting to hear (Rudy says sooon): working on limitless stuff and a game jam for alternatively controlled games, hoping for funding from Christopher Reeve foundation, calling it “Super Jam.” Working with elementary schools on NIH grant to promote exercise / nutrition through tracking / gamification. Starting to work on publishing w/ Mel’s “make sure you write” group on Fridays 1-3, wrote chapter on Remission game with Rudy, waiting for response on article on rethinking STEM and incorporating humanities into the discussion. Emily needs grant co-writers: email her and she will *help* write the grant.
  • Eric – lots of articles out: agency in Shadow of Mordor, Journal of Popular Culture submission on conscientious play. Finally a PhD candidate (yay!) and working on prospectus, learning about fan studies and planning to complete prospectus this semester. FDG 2017 doctoral consortium: deadline in March.
  • Natalie – giving paper at Computer Applications in Archaeology conference on mashups and mods for digital heritage, reciprocity and world view. Eric Champion March 20th 10-1130 talk games in relationship to history / heritage, please share with students / friends. Mel giving a talk on participatory game design April 14 11-12. Also join the participatory design research group!
  • Mark – PhD candidate! (passed comps and going to Wrestlemania, may or may not be related.) Proposed draft of the lit review this week, looking at choices in video games may focus on narrative / aesthetics / gameplay and formulating an experiment to measure player choices. How can you measure intrinsic motivation / user experience?
  • Sara- Working on prospectus: play study of virtual reality, based on narrative transportation, previously applied to written narratives but translating to virtual reality — concerned about making the game portion. Looking at virtual reality narratives creating empathy and identification with characters compared to written: needs a game to test. Peter suggested going with something VR / not VR
  • Anastasia: Everyone should submit to FDG 2017: and apply for Strong Research Fellowships:
  • David: Just read Ian Bogost’s Play Everything, thinking about relationships and whether it is Flanagan redux, recommends it. Friends have started nonprofit called Drew Project, working to develop resources on LGBTQ+ curriculum, thinking of an arcade of games, might be interesting to collaborate / organize a game jam. Peter recommends against 48 hour jam, more like month-long project


Goals for this Semester

  • Potential time for writing group, particularly for dissertation students
  • Update meetings versus presentation meetings
  • Presentation meetings
  • Goal setting at update meetings
  • Google doc with proposed meeting times and openings for presentations and snacks
  • Google hangout 
  • Rotate between two different times
  • One meeting: Wednesday 10-11 and doodle poll to find another time
  • Blog posts for GRG blog: send to Emily
  • Workshops here to encourage student / creative exploration and critical consciousness of identity


Meeting 10.25.16

Amazing Snackmaster: Amy!

Note taker: None! Emily is typing these from her (dubious) memory.

Attendance: Amanda, Sara, Mark, Peter, Mike, Mel, Anne, Anastasia, Amy, Kevin, Emily, Rudy (did I miss anyone?)

Discussion topics:

  • Rudy’s news (no, he’s not pregnant)
    • (If you don’t know, he’s interim director of SVAD)
    • He *loves* his new office in VAB.
  • SEGAH (Serious Games in Health) Conference
    • It’s in Perth in April!
    • Submission deadline is October 30. Rudy says he’ll pay for your flight if you can get it submitted by the deadline. (Is he serious? Not sure. But it’s worth a try!)
  • Electronic Lit conference in Portugal
  • Game Camp
    • We may have overwhelmed Laine of Tech Sassy Girlz with our enthusiastic large group interested in helping with the camp.
    • We narrowed “main” instructors down to Anastasia & Anne—they will be at the camp all day for the whole week, with the rest of GRG pitching in as TAs, curriculum design, research, etc.

Serious and ongoing discussion:

  • Rudy suggested the group choose a “Director”
  • This would be a rotating position, ideally rotating among group members about to go up for tenure
  • It would be a nice addition to tenure packets
  • There was some disagreement over semantics- initially the title was suggested as Lab Director or Director of the Games Research Lab.
    • Group members were concerned that the wording made it sound like the Director would receive credit for all of the research that is (about to be) happening in the lab.
    • Suggestion was made to word the title “Director of the Games Research Group” rather than lab. That seemed more agreeable to everyone.
    • We’d like everyone to chime in on this
  • Looks like Anastasia may be the next going up for tenure, so it was presumed she’d be the first one, but again, that’s up for discussion
  • We’d need to allow for Co-Directors in the case of more than one person entering the tenure process
  • We would need to decide on a selection process to ensure a peaceful transition of power

Things to ponder:

  • Do we want to do this?
  • How should the title be worded?
  • What would the Director’s responsibilities be (if any)?
  • How should we decide who gets to be Director?

 Next meeting is informal and is at Azteca on Friday, Nov. 4 after the Faculty meeting (12:30ish).  Azteca D’ Oro – 11633 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

Meeting 09.27.16

Playful Minutes for GRG Meeting 9.27.16

  • Attendance: Peter, Emily, Amy, Mark, Sara, Anne, Rudy, Donnie, Mike, Matt
  • Matt is listed last on purpose.
  • Awesome note taker: Emily
  • Extra awesome default snack master: Emily


  • Peter presented his amazing solo project: Games for kids to learn how to use their prosthetics from Limbetless.
  • Just kidding, Matt is also a Very Important Part of the Team.
  • But not Ryan, because he wasn’t there.
  • But seriously, Matt, Peter, AND Ryan all worked together on these amazing games. Matt and Peter discussed other awesome ideas for taking the games to the next level (pun intended).
  • Also Matt, Peter, Ryan, and Emily ARE HOPING FOR FUNDING FROM CAH’S PLANT GRANT to make these games more awesome, testing with PT folks in College of Medicine, crafting a cool-looking sleeve for the arm sensor, etc.

In other news…

  • We’re looking for volunteers to help plan (and then later teach and help out at) a summer games camp. We’re partnering with Stella Sung at CREATE and possibly another local group to create a week-long camp for this summer to teach game design to high school students from traditionally underserved populations. You’re invited to our next meeting downtown at the Center for Emerging Media (500 Bentley Street) CREATE conference room on the 2nd
  • Amy, Donnie, and Emily are writing a PLANT grant to make an endless runner language learning game. Working with Modern Languages professors Sandra Sousa and Gergana Vitanova and it’s really exciting!
  • Amy and Emily are also working on grants to fund some awesome videos for Ken Hanson to use in his History courses (shout out:
  • Peter didn’t have to give a research update because he presented.
  • Matt, Peter, Ryan, and Emily are also working on funding another awesome 3D printer application.
  • And Matt and Peter have Computer Science groups from Mike’s class. They bought them wooden toy blocks at Toys R Us.
  • Mark is prepping for comps – next Thursday! Buy him a drink if you see him after that.
  • Sara took comps yesterday. We all marveled at her meeting attendance and sobriety. We then immediately questioned her sobriety. She also recently had a paper accepted to PCA and is going to Texas on Sunday for a conference.
  • Anne has had 4 quilts accepted to big fancy exhibits! She’s done some academic stuff too, we assume. Actually it was a lot of stuff and Emily forgot to write it down. Book proposal, grant proposal – all about making and crafting as computational logic. Quilts!
  • Joey and Rudy had an article accepted about badges. Rudy generously took all credit since Joey was not in attendance.
  • Joey possibly was not in attendance because Emily’s email about the meeting said “tomorrow” and was received by many in the early hours of this morning (though to be fair, she *totally* sent it at 2:30 PM yesterday).
  • Mike has been super busy at work. And he’s working on some projects but Emily forgot to write those down, too. Nobody told her she’d be in charge of the notes until after the meeting.
  • Anastasia was totally going to join the meeting via Hangout, but Emily didn’t bother to send a link. She probably just wanted to brag about all of the productive writing she’s been doing in lieu of attending meetings, anyway.
  • Everyone else who didn’t complete the Doodle poll also complained electronically about not being able to make the meeting time. Not to worry, there will be more meetings to skip in the future. J
  • Peter doesn’t like Tuesdays.
  • NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, ~1:30pm at Pom Pom’s.
    • Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria:
    • 67 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
    • Immediately after the 11:30am Games Summer Camp meeting with CREATE at the Center for Emerging Media.
    • No Google Hangout. Come eat!

Meeting 09.16.16

Games Research Group “Playful” Meeting Notes

16 September 2016

Attendees: Peter Smith, Mark Kretszschmar, Maria Harrington, Sara Raffel, Rudy McDaniel, Anne Sullivan, Don Merritt, Mel Stanfill, Michael Powell, Amy Giroux, Joey Fanfarelli
Featuring: Notetaker Rudy McDaniel, Snackmaster Sadly Vacant

  1. Next Generation Ideas
    1. The group discussed possible formats for the research group meeting, GRG: NG. Mark agreed to shave his head and start practicing his Picard impersonation.
    2. Reinstate the presentation aspect: First idea: Trillium Trail?
    3. Maria: journal articles for review, create asynchronous discussions using Canvas
      • Gamification: Step 1: survey key papers. Step 2: Web course to upload documents. Step 3: profit!
      • Digital library. Crowdsource the searching, archive, and review. Sell advertisements for “margarita fund.”
      • Joey suggested Mendeley. Free software. Anne suggested Zotero. Can Zotero be private? The ongoing clash between Medelians and Zoterians continues. Joey and Anne agreed to meet outside after the meeting and “settle it up.”
      • Maria suggested a model for crowdsourcing literature review and evaluation. Each person chooses a paper and then reviews it and reports back to the group. We can use a Canvas shell to do some of this work in Webcourses. We can use turtle shells to defeat Koopas.
    4. Emily demanded additional social hours. She misses Kelly and is slowly going insane working alone in the lab. The group expressed sympathy. Who will the new Kelly be? Stay tuned to find out!
    5. Action item: everyone should send Rudy their NIDs if they wish to participate. He will set up a Webcourses shell for everyone and send around a task to annotate an article for the group to review. He will also begin his campaign of hacking into all your lives and ordering unsolicited haircare products that will be shipped to your homes while you’re at work.
  1. VR Cultural Trainer Update
    1. Emily, Mike, and Rudy discussed the cultural trainer VR project. We have a senior design student group from CS to help us build a demo, thanks to Mike. Mike was visibly uncomfortable with the praise heaped upon him for securing us a student group. We need artists for the project. Rudy has access to matching funds we can use to pay students if we need to and ORC also has some “first come, first served” funding.
  2. Hillsborough Shore
    1. Emily and Peter reported that the contract with Hillsborough County to build a mosquito education game looks imminent. Will be our first funded project! Need some volunteers to contract the Zika virus for additional research data.
  3. Summer Games Camp Update
    1. Rudy reported that we need our next “big project” for the GRG. We did IEEE SeGAH last year.  Rudy, Anastasia, Emily, Peter, and Stephanie have been working with Stella Sung to discuss ideas for a downtown summer camp focused on women and minorities.  Stella has agreed to coordinate the camp from downtown.
    2. Next steps: we need a curriculum. It needs to be YUGE. But be doable in a week.
    3. Ideas to look for: ID Tech – Carnegie Melon, camp curriculum, Black Girls Code
    4. Action item: send Rudy an email if you are interested in participating in the downtown summer games camp.
  4. Trickery: The group successfully tricked Amy Giroux into giving us a full presentation of her recent award-winning research.
  5. Updates and Reports
    1. Joey and Rudy submitted their badging book proposal
    2. Amy, Marcy Galbreath, and Nathan Giroux won an award from the NEH
    3. Peter Smith: LIMBITLESS kids loved the games! Peter ordered to demo at next meeting.
    4. Business cards. Joey will produce a mockup sample of business cards with GRG information. Rudy will have a bake sale in order to allow everyone who wants them to have GRG business cards.
  6. Next meeting: Emily will send out a Doodle poll to identify a time for our next meeting. She loves doing this *so much*. Peter will present some games to us. Doodle Poll Link