From their site: "2004 marks the 15th anniversary of Will Wright’s “Sim City”, one of the most influential video game (or software toy, if you prefer) of all times. We would like to celebrate the event with a special volume of Ludologica titled “Sim City. The virtual cities”. The book will take the form of a collection of academic essays. It will published in January 2004, first in Italian and then, possibly, in English, by Edizioni Unicopli." rIf you are interested in participating, please send a 500-1000 word abstract to Matteo Bittanti, the Ludologica editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. A one-page curriculum vitae or short biography will also be appreciated. rFor more info, go here and here.
The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. November 13-15, 2003. To be held atrNew York Law School in New York City. Proposals are due by July 31, 2003. For more information, visit their site. rIt's the week after Level Up. How about getting a flight from Utrech to NYC?r
The French government will help game developers with cash. They have been doing it with the film industry, so why not with games. Kind of cooler than funding invasions to Iraq, isn't it? (oh, my, here comes my political obsessions again... When will I learn to shut up?)
The Level Up conference program is online. I will be presenting both a paper and a workshop. The paper is called "Ludologists love stories, too" (I really hope it's my last paper on the subject) and the workshop will be "Games with strong opinions: workshop on videogame rhetoric".