FROG – Future and Reality of Gaming

11th Vienna Games Conference
Vienna City Hall, Austria
Friday, 13th October – Sunday, 15th October 2017

While thousands of enthusiastic players are gathering annually at the Game City in the Vienna City Hall, the FROG invites to an academic discourse on the subject of games. The international conference brings together scholars, players, students, game designers, game developers, educators and experts from various disciplines to discuss the Future and Reality of Gaming.

This year’s FROG will focus on the players and illuminates the research field from “The Player Perspective” in any of its various manifestations.

Call for Papers | FROG

POLLIWOG – preFROG conference & workshop
Federal Ministry of Families and Youth, Vienna

Wednesday, 11th October 2017
preFROG conference (held German/Deutsch)
with Prof. Dr. Winfred Kaminski (TH Köln)
The one-day conference will focus on the topic „Erlaubt ist, was gefällt!? Computerspiele zwischen Ethik und Ästhetik“ with thematic talks and poster sessions.

Call for Posters | preFROG

Thursday, 12th October 2017
preFROG workshop: One day crash course in Educational game design
with Jonas Linderoth (University of Gothenburg)
Participants of the one-day workshop will get insights into the game based techniques of Classification card games (CCG) and Quantitative relation awareness games (QRAG).

The conference is funded by the Federal Ministry of Families and Youth (bmfj) and organized by the Center for Applied Game Studies (Donau-Universität Krems) in cooperation with FH St. Pölten.



Scot Osterweil
Creative Director, MIT Education Arcade and MIT Game Lab
Scot Osterweil is Creative Director of the Education Arcade and the Game Lab in the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He has designed games in both academic and commercial environments and is a founder and Creative Director of Learning Games Network (www.learninggamesnetwork.org).
Games as Resistance
Speaks about
Jaroslav Švelch
postdoctoral researcher, University of Bergen
Jaroslav Švelch is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Bergen and assistant professor (on leave) at Charles University. He is the author of the upcoming monograph Gaming the Iron Curtain on the social history of games in 1980s Czechoslovakia. He is currently researching history, theory, and reception of video game monsters.
We have always been indie: Lessons from social history of game making in 1980s Czechoslovakia
Speaks about
Jonas Linderoth
Professor, University of Gothenburg
Jonas Linderoth is a professor in education and has worked with issues surrounding game based learning since the late nineties. He has been awarded the title ”distinguished scholar” by DiGRA (Digital Game Research Association) and he is a scientific advisor for the Swedish media council.
One day crash course in Educational game design (preFROG workshop on October 12th)
Speaks about
Winfred Kaminski
Professor, TH Köln
Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Winfred Kaminski was a professor of Cultural Studies at the Technological University of Cologne (TH Köln) until 2015 where he was managing director of the Institute of Media Research and Media Education. In 2006 he founded (together with Martin Lorber) the biannual International Computer Game Conference "Clash of Realities". During the last two decades he published essays on computer games and edited several books.
Erlaubt ist, was gefällt!? Computerspiele zwischen Ethik und Ästhetik (preFROG conference on October 11th)
Speaks about
More speaker announcements coming soon.


Keynote speaker announcements coming soon!
The final programme will be released in August 2017.

FROG – Future and Reality of Gaming

11th Vienna Games Conference
The Player Perspective – looking at players, and players looking back
venue: Vienna City Hall, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien

Friday, 13th October

13:00 | Opening of the conference
TBA | conference dinner & socializing

Saturday, 14th October

09:30 |TBA

Sunday, 15th October

09:30 |TBA
17:00 | FROG Game Over

POLLIWOG – preFROG conference & workshop

venue: Federal Ministry of Families and Youth (bmfj), Untere Donaustraße 13-15, 1020 Wien

Wednesday, 11th October

preFROG – conference (held in German!)
„Erlaubt ist, was gefällt!?  Computerspiele zwischen Ethik und Ästhetik
with Winfred Kaminski

09:30 | Anmeldung & Kaffee
10: 30 | Eröffnung | Winfred Kaminski & Alexander Pfeiffer
11:30 – 19:00 | Keynotes & Poster Sessions | TBA

Thursday, 12th October

preFROG – workshop
One day crash course in Educational game design
with Jonas Linderoth



Important dates

FROG main conference: 13/10/17 – 15/10/2017
preFROG conference & workshop: 11/10/17 & 12/10/17
Call for Papers submission deadline: 07/07/17
Acceptance notification: 01/08/17
Early Bird Registration: 01/08/2017 – 01/09/2017
Registration ends: 30/09/2017

Venue of the FROG main conference

Vienna City Hall
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien
1010 Vienna, Austria

Venue of the POLLIWOG – preFROG conference & workshop

Bundesministerium für Familien und Jugend
Untere Donaustraße 13-15
1020 Vienna, Austria

Registration & Fee

40€ (early bird), 60€ (regular)
Attendess up to 25 years: 25€ (early bird), 35€ (regular)

The fee includes lunch, coffee and refreshments during the FROG conference, the conference dinner on Friday, 13/10/17 and a participant kit.

The preFROG conference & workshop on 11/10/17 and 12/10/17 can be visited free of charge. Registration will be necessary (limited number of seats).

Registration will open in August 2017.

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FROG gallery coming soon.