Posted by: Montola | March 29, 2010

Strange Games at Copenhagen

We are lecturing with Jaakko at the IT-University of Copenhagen on Tuesday the 6th, right after Easter. Our topic is Strange Games, and we are looking at the cluster of strange stuffs we have researched together during the last five years. You can expect quite a bit of pervasivity, quite a bit of larp, and quite a bit of other stuff.

Strange Games

The majority of game studies discusses single-player digital games or game played in online worlds. This lecture is not about them. Instead, this lecture discusses weird and wonderful fringe games like live action role-playing games and pervasive games — and what all game designers and researchers should know about them.

For the last years, we have focused on pervasive games, role-playing games, art games, and all kinds of critical games that are rooted in the non-digital realm and are political, artistic or just strange. We have done this in order to broaden the scope of our perception of what games can be. Staged in the contexts of recreation, art and research, these games are free from commercial pressures. They are ephemeral, emergent, critical and polyphonic: While they all aim for powerful and tangible experiences, their topics range from bringing democracy to Belarus, to exploring alternate family structures and sexualities. In our talk we discuss some of the strangest and most powerful games we have encountered so far, and explore the common themes emerging from the selection.

The lecture will take place in Auditorium 3 at 15:00 on Tuesday, April 6.

The lecture, brought to you by the Center for Computer Games Research Copenhagen, is free and open to the public.

The IT-University of Copenhagen is located at Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 København S.

Hope to see you there!


  1. if you’ll be using a slidedeck – is there any chance you could share it with the world (i.e. slideshare, scribd, …)? will not be able to make it to copenhagen, unfortunately :)

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  3. Benedikt,

    Unfortunately, the way Jaakko and I do our slides, they won’t be too educational in any case.

    – Markus

  4. ok, no worries then :).

    good luck with the lecture.


  5. There’s a good chance we’ll be posting the lecture online, if we can get our university’s media unit to come film, and if Jaakko and Markus sign off on it. We’ll see, stay tuned!

  6. I’d love to see this online!

  7. Thx for an interesting lecutre at IT-uni CPH. Had to run to the train before the lecture was completed.
    Maybee you could present your lecture at DSV at Sthlm Univ in Kista Stockholm
    /tom from DSV @ Sthlm Uni

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