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“On The Rules We Break” online lecture by Eric Zimmerman

Open lecture of the “DiGRA Italia Talks Series” on Interactive Transmedia Narrative and Game Studies

April 29, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, online

Monday, April 29, 2024, the “Complex Artefact and System Design Studio” of the MSc in Communication Design (School of Design, Politecnico di Milano) will host a new open lecture of the “DiGRA Italia Talks Series” on Interactive Transmedia Narrative and Game Studies, organised by Ilaria Mariani and Mariana Ciancia, Researchers at the Department of Design.

Eric Zimmerman is an award-winning game designer who has been inventing play on and off the computer for more than 25 years. Eric was the Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of Gamelab, a game development company based in New York City. Eric is a founder of the Institute of Play, a nonprofit that looks at the intersection of games and learning. With Nathalie Pozzi, he has designed large-scale game installations exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as venues in Berlin, Paris, Dublin, St, Petersberg, and Los Angeles. He has taught at universities including MIT, the University of Texas at Austin, Parsons School of Design, New York University, Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts. He is currently a founding faculty and Arts Professor at the NYU Game Center.

The borders between game studies and game design have always been wonderfully blurry, creating an intriguing playground for gaining knowledge through creative and thought-provoking approaches to design and experimentation. “The Rules We Break” is based on thirty years of teaching game design, filled with hands-on exercises for playful thinking and rigorous design. This highly interactive talk will present core ideas from the book and address fundamental concepts like play and meaning, system dynamics, representation and simulation, interactive storytelling, creative misbehavior, and the iterative process of design.

More info and a sneak peek of the book here.

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(The link to the virtual room will be shared before the event to those registered).

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