Katharina Kaiser-Müller

Katharina Kaiser-MüllerWho am I?

Editorial staff in the medienimpulse.at, freelance media educator, “Safer Internet” ambassador, trainer in the areas of basic education and communication with and without digital media, mother, friend, wife and Obfrau in a choir.

What’s my job?

I like organizing and communicating and I try to balnce my various activities. When I am not working as a project collaborator for a non-profit company, I hold workshops and lectures as a freelance media educator and as a “Safer Internet” ambassador. In addition, I am committed to the initiative “Medienbildung Jetzt!” and the online journal medienimpulse.at.

Why am I involved with the FROG?

Playing, learning and having fun are inseparably interwoven for me. As a media pedagogue and employee in the media impulses, I am especially pleased to be able to organize a panel this year.

Alltime favourite videogame?

My first favorite video game was “Prince of Persia”, apart from Pac-Man. At the moment, I do not get much to play with, so I am all the more pleased to be informed about the latest findings in game research.

Katharina Kaiser-MüllerWer bin ich?

Redaktionsmitarbeiterin bei den Medienimpulsen, freie Medienpädagogin, “Safer Internet” Botschafterin, Trainerin in den Bereichen Basisbildung sowie Kommunikation mit und ohne digitale Medien, Mutter, Freundin, Ehefrau und Obfrau in einem Chor.

Was mache ich?

Da ich gerne organisiere und kommuniziere, versuche ich meine unterschiedlichsten Tätigkeiten unter einen Hut zu bringen. Wenn ich nicht gerade als Projektmitarbeiterin für ein Non-Profit-Unternehmen arbeite, halte ich Workshops und Vorträge als freie Medienpädagogin und “Safer Internet” Botschafterin. Zudem engagiere mich für die Initiative „Medienbildung Jetzt!“ und das Onlinejournal Medienimpulse.at.

Warum engagiere ich mich für die FROG?

Spielen, Lernen und Freude sind für mich untrennbar miteinander verwoben. Als Medienpädagogin und Mitarbeiterin bei den Medienimpulsen, freut es mich ganz besonders, heuer ein Panel organisieren zu dürfen.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Mein erstes Lieblingsvideospiel war „Prince of Persia“, wenn man von Pac-Man absieht. Zurzeit komme ich nicht sehr viel zum Spielen, umso mehr freut es mich, über die neuesten Erkenntnisse in der Spieleforschung informiert zu werden.

René Reinhold SCHALLEGGER

Rene SchalleggerWho am I?

René Reinhold SCHALLEGGER

What’s my job?

I’m Associate Professor for British- and Canadian-, as well as Game Studies at the University of Klagenfurt.

Why am I involved with the FROG?

Because videogames are the leading mass medium of our time, and FROG is the best platform to engage in a broad critical dialogue about them in Austria.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare 2014). Hands down.

Rene SchalleggerWer bin ich?

René Reinhold SCHALLEGGER

Was mache ich?

Ich bin Assoziierter Professor für British- und Canadian-, sowie Game Studies an der Universität Klagenfurt.

Warum engagiere ich mich für die FROG?

Weil Videospiele das führende Massenmedium unserer Zeit sind, und die FROG die beste Plattform in Österreich darstellt, um einen breit angelegten kritischen Dialog über sie zu fördern.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare 2014). Ganz klar.

Wilfried Elmenreich

Wilfried ElmenreichWho am I?

Wilfried Elmenreich

What’s my job?

I’m professor of Smart Grids at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. I also teach several courses on the topic of game programming at our Master Study Game Studies and Engineering.

Why am I involved with the FROG?

I support FROG because it is an important event for exchanging research results in the context of games. For this year’s FROG, I will organize a pre-event where the participants will design a hybrid board game in one day.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Bruce Lee (C64)

Wilfried ElmenreichWer bin ich?

Wilfried Elmenreich

Was mache ich?

Ich bin Professor für Intelligente Energiesysteme an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Ich unterrichte auch Kurse zu Spieleprogrammierung im Rahmen unseres Masterstudiums Game Studies and Engineering.

Warum engagiere ich mich für die FROG?

Ich unterstütze FROG, weil es eine wichtige Veranstaltung für den Austausch von Forschungsergebnissen im Kontext von Spielen ist. Für die diesjährige FROG organisiere ich eine Vorveranstaltung, bei der die TeilnehmerInnen an einem Tag ein Hybridbrettspiel entwerfen.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Bruce Lee (C64)

Attila Szantner

Attila SzantnerAttila is the CEO and co-founder of Massively Multiplayer Online Science (aka MMOS): a Swiss company specialized in connecting citizen science and videogames. MMOS founders received the prestigious Lovie Award and the IGDA Serious Games SIG Community Leadership Award for their role in creating EVE Online’s Project Discovery. Attila has a background in computer science and he co-founded and co-designed iWiW, which was the biggest social network in Hungary before Facebook, reaching almost 5 million users.


Mix in reality: Science enters games

Mixed reality is the magic of overlaying virtual content on our real life environment. Can we use this magic the other way around? Can we add real life content to enrich the virtual worlds of games? We believe it is not just possible, but can bring interesting new experiences to games as well as substantial results to real life endeavours.

In the last 5 years we worked on projects along this line: to mix real life research into already existing games. The first project of Massively Multiplayer Online Science, Project Discovery in EVE Online yielded hundreds of millions of scientific data analysis submitted by players and getting EVE spaceships flying across the cover of Nature Biotechnology. Come to hear about how Project Discovery was set up and about the latest results.

Alexia Bhéreur-Lagounaris

Alexia Bhéreur-Lagounaris

Alexia Bhéreur-Lagounaris has a multidisciplinary professional background that includes music, writing, dance and choreography before becoming an event creator and a game designer.

Trained at Montreal’s contemporary dance school, she performed for many productions, was an Art Scout for Cirque du Soleil, a creative director, scriptwriter for Radio-Canada, Wasabi, Lalala Human Steps and event creator for Québec Cinéma. She’s also a research geek Wizard at INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) and her expertise in human-centric design is used in all her projects where collaboration and collective intelligence is enhance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in interactive multimedia communication from UQAM and a master’s degree M.Sc. A. in games with a social impact from University of Montréal. In 2016, she founded her game events productions with ABLBLALAB, and creates social games, gives workshops, coaching and conferences.


WARNING: Not suitable for robots

In her 2018 thesis: « Games with a social impact: towards a new name for a Responsible entertainment » Alexia Bhéreur-Lagounaris concludes that the future of game design innovation needs a change of axis from the “game object” to “human subject playing”. But in order to bring to life the shift from object to subject, she concludes that human-centric design, means designing with and for the whole body. But what does it change to design for the whole body and what does it imply? After all, being human means to have a body, no?!

And this is where the plot twist takes place.

From piece of evidence of neuroscience recent research to philosophical work written in 1637, we put on the stand our system of beliefs and values about our body. We struck a deal with the responsible and finalize the investigation on why on earth we have been so trap sitting, in the “techno power trio” world (brain+eyes+finger tips). Surprise! The recent discoveries tells us that we think with our body. That Descartes made a mistake by separating thoughts and actions. And that our gut and heart have intelligence that we’ve been underusing. Ready to design, move and play mix realities on our feet?

In this conference:
We revisit the importance of designing-imagining-playing-feeling in holistic ways not just for the fun of it, but for our bio-psycho-social health stakes. We will take engaging examples from LARP, Augmented reality and physical games.
WARNING:
-Suitable for dopamine, serotonin, endorphin & oxytocin hormones.
-Not suitable for robots.

Markus Meschik

Who am I?Markus Meschik

I am a Social worker with an enthusiasm for digital media and related topics. Avid player since I was 15, with a short 5-year break to successfully complete my education. Unfortunately, due to my PhD, I currently have to restrict my playing behavior again. I also am a passionate musician and from time to time can be found doing various kinds of sports.

What’s my job?

I manage „Enter“, a counseling center for families and professionals of social work in Graz. In this capacity, I accompany legal guardians and professionals in dealing with often problematic gaming behavior. I pursue a resource-oriented approach to the medium and work in numerous projects on the impact of gaming culture on society. Furthermore, I am pleased to be a reviewer and expert for the „BuPP“ of the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Why am I involved with the FROG?

I am very happy that the FROG provides an annual exchange platform for the scientific gaming community. To me, the transdisciplinary approach, the openness to non-university contributions and the appreciative and supportive atmosphere of the community make FROG an almost mandatory event of great professional and personal value.

Alltime favourite videogame?

I would habitually say “Final Fantasy VII” which, of course, I have not played for nearly 20 years. I find myself playing a lot of “League of Legends” and „Hearthstone“. Always open for good Indie Games as well, right now I really like the Roguelite “Enter the Gungeon”.

Wer bin ich?

Ich bin Sozialpädagoge mit einem Faible für digitale Spiele. Begeisterter Computerspieler seit meiner frühen Jugend, hatte ich Durch die Arbeit an meiner Dissertation zum Umgang mit problematischem Spielverhalten in Erziehungskontexten ist meine aktive Spielzeit momentan leider recht knapp. Darüber hinaus bin ich leidenschaftlicher Musiker und auch diesbezüglich jederzeit für Kooperationen offen.

Was mache ich?

Ich leite die Fachstelle für digitale Spiele „Enter“ in Graz, die Familien im Umgang mit digitalen Medien berät und begleitet. Darüber hinaus organisieren wir Vorträge und Fortbildungen für Fachkräfte der Pädagogik und der Sozialen Arbeit und arbeiten an verschiedenen Projekten rund um das Thema digitale Spiele und dessen gesellschaftlichen Stellenwert. Außerdem freue ich mich, Gutachter und Experte für die „Bundesstelle für die Positivprädikatisierung digitaler Spiele“ des Bundeskanzleramtes sein zu dürfen.

Warum engagiere ich mich für die FROG?

Die FROG bietet der wissenschaftlichen Gaming-Community eine jährliche Austauschplattform, die von Offenheit und gegenseitiger Wertschätzung geprägt ist. Der transdisziplinäre Ansatz, die Offenheit für außeruniversitäre Beiträge und die wertschätzende und unterstützende Atmosphäre der Community machen die FROG für mich zu einer obligatorischen Veranstaltung von großem beruflichen und persönlichen Wert. Darum bin ich dankbar, das Angebot der FROG aktiv mitgestalten zu können.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Ein Spiel, das mich seinerzeit wirklich berührt hat, war „Final Fantasy 7“, das ich aber seit 20 Jahren nicht mehr gespielt habe. Wenn ich Zeit finde spiele ich sehr gerne „League of Legends“, „Hearthstone“ und andere zeitintensive Spiele. Wenn ich keine Zeit finde, gibt es im Indie – Bereich immer wieder großartige Spiele; zuletzt habe ich mit „Enter the Gungeon“ große Freude gehabt.

 

John N A Brown

John N A BrownJohn NA Brown is a wandering polymath who has spent years trying to write the perfect autobiographical blurb. In this quest, he has become a research scientist, public speaker, author, designer, human factors specialist, cartoonist, bricklayer, encyclopedist, storyboard artist, and much more. He has written and taught university courses in Scientific Thinking, Research Methods, Computer Animation & Storytelling, and Applied Biomechanics, and has solved problems for Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Along the way he picked up a few PhDs and an embarrassing number of other academic degrees, as well as awards for animation, teaching, applied mathematics, and haiku. Currently at Evolv Technologies in San Francisco, Dr Dr Dr Brown has previously worked in a dozen countries, in the private and public sectors, in serious games, in recreational sports, and in his pyjamas.
He has yet to win an award for any of his autobiographical blurbs.


Save Gamer

Video games require the player to iterate; to repeat their behaviour over and over again, making slight progressive changes each time. This is how the player learns how to move through and interact with the gamespace, and it is also how humans learn and master new skills in the real world. In both cases, new skills are first performed slowly and deliberately, with conscious and
thoughtful reflection. Eventually, through iteration, these new skills are mastered and become  pre-attentive: either predictions and reactions based on high-speed pattern recognition, or bursts of incredibly fast previously-learned coordinated reflexes called muscle memory. After the right kind of reinforcement, the conditioned behaviours can be triggered unconsciously. When someone’s pre-attentive and reflexive skills are repeatedly triggered, forcing them to respond too quickly for conscious and thoughtful reflection, they enter into a state of performance called Flow. In gameplay and in real life, this is where distractions disappear, and mastery of multiple overlapping skills can be developed. As with real life skill mastery, time spent in “gameflow” changes the player’s mind and body at an unconscious level. Application-specific gamification has been used to condition and reinforce pre-attentive behaviours that allow people to be put to more efficient use as a resource for military, political, and commercial interests. Gamejams could become the testing ground for games that develop unconscious skills that will help players level up in the real world.

Mahshid Mayar

Mahshid MayarSince Oct. 2016, Mahshid Mayar has been an assistant professor of American Studies at Bielefeld University. In her current position, Mahshid follows two broad lines of research; while she engages with the ‘blank’ in postmodern American literature (‘erasure’ and ‘blackout’ literature) for her second-book project, she also conducts research on digital games, where she theorizes the study of digital games and examines game titles that open dialogues on history and culture. Since early 2019, Mahshid has been a member of the central committee of the Arbeitskreises Geschichtswissenschaft und Digitale Spiele.


Banal, Boring, Banned: Unplayability in Digital Games

Frowning frantically as you look for a replacement to the missing link to a controversial game; scratching your upper arm in boredom; hesitating to press the ‘next’ button; averting your gaze from the screen; going online to vent about the banality of the newest release by your favorite gaming company; breathing with difficulty in shame or shock…. You are working your way through an unplayable game. Labeled banal or boring, or banned by various gamer communities, unplayable games are titles that are received with mixed reviews and that either come with (1) varying degrees of ‘un-play-ability’ inherent in them, or (2) are received by gamer communities as such. Examining a number of digital games, ranging from Everything to September 12th and from Muslim Massacre to Super Columbine Massacre RPG, I wish to theorize a category of games that are at odds with the founding tenets of an industry so narratively and structurally conservative and so entirely profit-driven. To this end, I raise and try to answer a number of questions: What does unplayability in digital games connote? In what respects do playable and unplayable games stand apart? What motivates companies other than financial profitability to produce unplayable games in the first place? In other words, is playable the bare, expected minimum a game has to be in order for it to be marketable? And, finally, once dismissed as ‘unplayable,’ what do we do with unplayable games?

Elisabeth Lehner

Who am I?Elisabeth Lehner

While studying Japanese Studies I discovered that I wanted to work in the field of arts management, which is why I left university with my bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies and a cultural manager’s certificate. After working with a PR agency for a short period I found a Job at KulturKontakt Austria in the Art Education department. Since a few years I am also studying Art Education on the side. I’m specializing in the interface between digital art/games and education. I’m also highly interested in electronics and DIY.

What’s my job?

I’m bringing all the news and excitement to you via Social Media and the F.R.O.G. Website. Apart from my work for the F.R.O.G. I also do workshops for kids and young adults in the field of digital art education autonomously and on data security with my colleagues at “Bildungsgrund. agency for cultural and media education”. At KulturKontakt Austria I run a program, which supports cooperations between art institutions and schools.

Why am I involved with the FROG?

Since I started following up with games in the art field and in education the F.R.O.G became one of the “to-be” events for me. It is inspiring to see and hear the amazing things that are already being done in this field and learn about the research. I am happy to be part of this conference.

Alltime favourite videogame?

While I love good indie games, that just take you in as a whole and give you a new experience like „What Remains of Edith Finch“ and “The Cat and the Coup” or “Old Man’s Journey”, games that get me really hooked are the ones, that make me work harder: I could play “The Flame in the Flood” and “Star Craft II” all night long and for ever and ever.

Wer bin ich?Elisabeth Lehner

Während meines Japanologie-Studiums stellte ich fest, dass ich im Bereich Kunst- und Kulturmanagement arbeiten möchte, weshalb ich mein Studium nicht nur mit einem Bachelor in Japanologie, sondern auch mit einem Zertifikat für Kulturmanagement abschloss. Nachdem ich kurze Zeit bei einer PR-Agentur tätig war, begann ich bei KulturKontakt Austria in der Abteilung für Kulturvermittlung zu arbeiten. Seit einigen Jahren studiere ich nebenher Kunsterziehung. Ich spezialisiere mich auf die Schnittstelle zwischen digitaler Kunst/Games und Bildung. Ich interessiere mich darüber hinaus für Elektronik und DIY.

Was mache ich?

Ich liefere Neuigkeiten und Vorfreude über die F.R.O.G. Social Media Kanäle und die Website. Abgesehen von meiner Arbeit für die F.R.O.G. halte ich in selbstständiger Tätigkeit Workshops für Kinder und Jugendliche im Bereich digitale Kunsterziehung und mit meinen Kolleg*innen von Bildungsgrund. Agentur für Kultur- und Medienpädagogik zu Datensicherheit. Bei KulturKontakt Austria verwalte ich ein Programm, welches die Zusammenarbeit von Kulturinstitutionen und Schulen unterstützt.

Warum engagiere ich mich für die FROG?

Seit ich begonnen habe, mich mit Games im Bereich Kunst und Bildung auseinanderzusetzen wurde die F.R.O.G. zu einer der zentralen Veranstaltungen in meinem Kalender. Es ist inspirierend zu erfahren, wie viele beeindruckende Projekte es bereits gibt und über die aktuelle Forschung zu erfahren. Ich freue mich, Teil des Teams zu sein.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Ich liebe zwar gute Indie-Games, die einen als Ganzes einnehmen und eine komplett neue Erfahrung mit sich bringen, wie „What Remains of Edith Finch“ und “The Cat and the Coup” oder “Old Man’s Journey”, aber Spiele, die mich richtig fesseln sind jene, die mich dazu bringen, mich so richtig ins Zeug zu legen: Ich könnte „The Flame in the Flood“ und „Star Craft II“ immer und bis in die Nacht spielen.

Katharina Mittlböck

Who am I?Katharina Mittlböck

I am burning for Game Studies, Digital Games & Personality Development / Psyche, learning, playing, research, digital media education & other thrilling stuff.

What’s my job?

Play & learn | digital media education in kindergarten & elementary school | eEducation | teaching & learning with new media | digital competences at the Center for Educational Technology & Innovation at the University College for Teacher Education Vienna.

Why am I involved with the FROG?

Since the first FROG it has been a source of inspiration for me, a chance for networking, and therefore fertile soil for what I am.

Alltime favourite videogame?

Only one?

And the answer should be witty. 😉

Ok, I take Mario Kart on Nintendo. My very first gaming experience about ten years ago – I started rather late – and I had clammy hands and fast heart beats. I promptly knew, how fascinating this media is, what immersion means and how ready to jump in I am. And it got worse since that. 😉

Wer bin ich?

Eine, die brennt für Game Studies, Digitales Spielen & Persönlichkeitsentwicklung / Psyche, lernen, spielen, forschen, digitale Medienbildung & anderes spannendes Zeug.

Was mache ich?

Digital Game Based Learning | digitale Medienbildung in der Elementar- & Primarstufe | eEducation | Lehren und Lernen mit Neuen Medien | digitale Kompetenzen am Zentrum für Lerntechnologie & Innovation an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Wien.

Warum engagiere ich mich für die FROG?

Seit Beginn der FROG war sie für mich Inspirationsquelle, Vernetzungschance und somit Nährboden für vieles, was mich ausmacht!

Alltime favourite videogame?

Nur eines?

Und die Antwort soll originell sein. 😉

Ok, dann entscheide ich mich für Mario Kart auf Nintendo. Meine allererste Spielerfahrung vor etwa 10 Jahren – ja ich war spät dran – und ich hatte feuchte Hände und Herzklopfen. Mir war schlagartig klar, wie faszinierend dieses Medium ist, was Immersion bedeutet und wie bereit ich bin hinein zu kippen. Und es wurde seither schlimmer. 😉