Valenciennes, France – 28 March 2013
Following in the footsteps of Molly Kittle, president of the ‘e-virtuoses awards’ 2012, Chris Crawford takes on the task of guiding the international jury in 2013, as they select the best Serious games dedicated to health, training and communication.
Chris Crawford and the members of the jury will also bring their expert opinions to bear in the two new categories being presented for the very first time in France this year: Serious Gaming and Gamification. Through these awards, ‘e-virtuoses’ is aiming to shine a spotlight on the wealth of play-related tools and processes that now play a key role in industry and research.
The ‘e-virtuoses’ scientific symposium will be presided over by professor Gilles Brougère from the university Paris 13 who takes over from Pamela Kato. In addition to introducing his own work in the field of games dedicated to education, Gilles Brougère’s mission will be to act as key witness to the proceedings. The ultimate aim of the symposium is to produce a conclusive summary of activities in the field and define the key trends. It’s a complex intellectual game, but one which is vital to ensure that the symposium makes a significant contribution to the ludology research community.
Profile: Chris Crawford, president of the 'e-virtuoses awards’ 2013
Renowned American game designer, from Atari to Serious game
Chris Crawford is an important figure in the video game industry, recognised as one of the first to adopt a more thoughtful approach to game development. An American game designer by trade, he created numerous titles for Atari during the 80’s, the best known of which is Balance of Power (1985). In 1982 he wrote “The Art of Computer Game Design,” recognised as being the first academic work on game design dedicated to video games. He also co-founded the Game Developers Conference (GDC) which grew from a small group of game designers meeting in his front room to become today’s leading global gathering of video game professionals.
Selected Chris Crawford video game credits: Energy Czar (1981), Scram (1981), Eastern Front (1981), Legionnaire (1982), Gossip (1983), Excalibur (1983), Balance of Power (1985), Trust & Betrayal (1987), Balance of Power II, Guns & Butter (1989), Balance of the Planet (1990), Patton Strikes Back (1991).
Profile: Gilles Brougère, president of the Scientific Symposium
Gilles Brougère is a professor in educational sciences at the university Paris 13, director of EXPERICE, and head of the Leisure, Play and Education specialisations for the EFIS Master’s program. His research work focuses on toys, childhood mass culture, the relationship between play and education, comparative pre-school education and informal learning. After studying philosophy, he earned a doctorate in ethnology from Paris 7, and a PhD in Humanities from Paris 5 in 1993. His research into the relationship between play and education has led him to confront the complex issues surrounding the world’s different pre-school systems. In addition, he takes great interest in informal learning through play, leisure (tourism for example) and beyond. Brougère also directs his energy towards examining the role of play in the French schooling model.
Key publications by Gilles Brougère: Le jouet, valeurs et paradoxes d'un petit objet secret, Paris (1992), Jeu et éducation (1995), Jouets et compagnie (2003), Jouer, apprendre (2005), La ronde des jeux et des jouets (2008), Apprendre de la vie quotidienne (2009).
More information here: http://www.e-virtuoses.net/uk/developpeur-uk.html
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Founded and created by the Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce (CCI), the ‘e-virtuoses’ conference will take place on 4-5 June 2013 in Valenciennes, north-eastern France. The 2013 edition will give international buyers and decision makers from health, communication, human resources and beyond a valuable opportunity to network and share expertise. Entry to the event is free. The event is financed by the Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce (CCI), the Nord-Pas de Calais Region and Europe.