FROG – Future and Reality of Gaming

FROG – Future and Reality of Gaming 2024
Gaming the Apocalypse”

18th Vienna Games Conference
Friday, 11 – Sunday, 13 October 2024

The 18th Vienna Games Conference – FROG 2024 – is dedicated to connections between play & games, crisis and hope, and invites game scholars, creators, educators, students, activists and enthusiasts from around the globe to come together and reflect on the apocalypse through a lens of games & play.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Games about the apocalypse: what fascinates us about doom, and how is the (post-)apocalypse “modeled” in games? What makes the  end of the world such a fruitful premise for computer games and other media? 
  • Games for a sustainable future: in what ways can games help understand the problems we face today, and how can they assist us develop strategies to save it? 
  • Apocalyptic visions in games: how do games change the ways we think about our world and the threats to it? Is there something specific about the dystopian futures presented in computer games, and what can games help us see about the future (and what do they obscure?) that other media don’t? 
  • Gamers against doom: what are the skills games teach us that can help us face the future together? Are gamers better equipped to face the challenges of a world in crisis? And can gamification help to bring humankind together across ideological divides to avoid its downfall? 
  • Games in education for crisis awareness: How can game-based education approaches help to inform and educate about current or imminent crises? What potential do games have to simulate crisis scenarios and develop critical thinking? And how can they foster resilience, not only during times of crisis, but also against the disconcerting effects of (fake) news and conspiracy narratives that herald impending doom?  
  • Games for hope:  what are the visions for a better future that games can promote? Can games instill hope differently than other media, and in what way? And how can we avoid that such hopes end up in mere escapism, but foster real life action instead? 

Read the full Call for Abstracts here and submit your FROG 2024 talk.

Submission Deadline: 1 August 2024

Conference Mode:
The conference will take place on-site in the Vienna City Hall. Online participants can follow the conference via live stream. Live-Talks will be only possible on-site. However, to provide a stage for speakers who cannot join us in Vienna, there is the option of submitting a talk as a video. The videos will be included in the FROG YouTube playlist. A 3-minute teaser of the video talk will be played in front of the audience at the conference.

Conference Location:
Vienna City Hall
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1
1010 Wien

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Practical Information

Hashtag for the conference: #FROG2024

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Twitter: @FROG_Vienna_
Facebook: @frogvienna

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FROG 2024 | Keynotes


FROG 2024 | Programme


FROG | Chairs

Center for Applied Game Studies (University for Continuing Education Krems):

  • Natalie Denk
  • Nikolaus Koenig
  • Alexander Pfeiffer
  • Thomas Wernbacher
  • Simon Wimmer

FROG Organizers, Funding and Partners

The Center for Applied Games Studies at the University of Continuing Education Krems is responsible for the organisation and implementation of FROG 2024.

FROG 2024 is funded by the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Österreichs größte Computer- und Konsolenspiel-Messe
13. – 15. Oktober 2023, Wiener Rathaus

Verein WIENXTRA in Kooperation mit der Stadt Wien – Bildung und Jugend
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 5, 1082 Wien

BuPP – Bundesstelle für die Positivprädikatisierung von digitalen Spielen