What We Get From Studying Games (w/ Evan Torner)

Yes Indie'd Pod

15-11-2023 • 54 min

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Evan Torner is the Associate Professor of German Studies and Film / Media Studies at University of Cincinnati. He's the Director, UC Game Lab and has a co-edited volume (with William J. White) entitled Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Role-Playing and Participatory Media. He's also co-founder and one of the editors at Analog Game Studies, which has been publishing research into RPGs and larps for more than ten years, and the Golden Cobra Challenge, which is a larp competition. He's a lifelong game master and a game designer and larpwright including his freeform scenario “Metropolis” was nominated for an award at Fastaval.

Show Notes:
[00:02:38] Starting out as a GM
[00:10:02] Railroading Is Good Actually
[00:22:20] Actor stance is "commercially default, not culturally default"
[00:29:43] Where do tabletop RPGs stand in game studies?
[00:39:55] Game design as media analysis
[00:45:19] Infectious Enthusiasm: Prism by Whitney Delaglio
[00:46:54] Tyranny of Numbers
[00:49:17] RePlay
[00:51:21] All Advice Is Advice For Myself

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