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Humour and Games Podcast – Episode 12: Dr. Pippin Barr

Posted by Andrei Zanescu

This week, we have someone from to the Concordia University community! It’s Dr. Pippin Barr!
As many of you probably know, Pippin Barr is a videogame maker, educator, and critic who lives and works in Montréal. He is an Assistant Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University and the Associate Director of the Technoculture, Art, and Games (TAG) Research Centre. Pippin is a prolific maker of videogames, producing work addressing everything from airplane safety instructions, to …

GameBling BreakDown – A Planning Workshop!

Dec 06, 2021

Posted by idun

Join us virtually (on Zoom) on Monday, December 6, 2021, 2-4pm EDT, for the GameBling BreakDown!
We’re gathering TAGsters and a few others in order to collectively think about a free-to-play gambling game. We’ll play the game itself, critically reflect on and break down its design, and take a shallow dive into its ontology. In the end we’ll plan a couple of Winter Term Workshops designed to dig further into the design innovations and implications of GameBling …

Humour and Games Podcast – Episode 11: narF

Posted by Andrei Zanescu

Welcome back for another episode! This week, we have our chat with Montreal-based game maker narF!
narF is a game designer by day and a podcaster by night. Interested in the decentralized web, planning the demise of the internet giants and making weird sounds with virtual synths on a Raspberry Pi.
As always, available for you to listen at the ConnectingToGame website, on Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.

Global Speaker Series – Orion D. Black

Dec 09, 2021

Posted by Gina

TAG is happy to announce the next instalment of our new online speaker series, Rethinking Playfulness! Join us in listening to perspectives on game design, playfulness and storytelling!
Our upcoming guest speaker is Orion D. Black, a non-binary queer writer and director based in Seattle, USA. Orion will talk to us and answer your questions about Circle Theory on December 9, 2021 at 10am EST on Zoom. (Please RSVP for event link)  
Speaker: Orion D. …

Humour and Games Podcast – Episode 10: Kyler Kelly-Tan

Posted by Andrei Zanescu

Episode 10! This time around, we’ve got an interview with local game designer Kyler Kelly-Tan!
Kyler grew up wanting to be a physicist, but discovered 3D animation in his teens, which led him to study art and animation in university. He co-founded Clever Endeavour Games to create Ultimate Chicken Horse. In the past year, they’ve taken on the challenge of coming up with new game ideas and prototypes, and are working on their next game.
As always, …

Humour and Games Podcast – Episode 9: Dr. Dan Staines

Posted by Andrei Zanescu

Hard to believe we’re on episode 9 already, but here we are! This week, we have another Milieux/Tag/mLab alum, Dr. Dan Staines.
Dr. Dan Staines is a game scholar and critic from Sydney, Australia. When he is not thinking about new and exciting ways to cram morality into videogames, Dan spends his time teaching game design and nerding out about comedy.
You can contact Dan and find examples of his work at his infrequently updated website:
As …