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"On Fictional Games", a lecture by Stefano Gualeni and Riccardo Fassone

Game & IDN DiGRA Italia Talks

May 27, 2024, from 2.15 pm to 3.15 pm, online.

The “Complex Artefact and System Design Studio” of the MSc in Communication Design (School of Design, Politecnico di Milano) is proud to host the last open lecture from the 2024 DiGRA Italia Talks Series.

A new series of open lectures on Interactive Transmedia Narrative and Game Studies “Game & IDN DiGRA Italia Talks", organised by Ilaria Mariani and Mariana Ciancia, with DiGRA Italia.

Fictional games are games that exclusively exist as elements of fictional worlds. They are meant to trigger the imagination of the appreciator of a work of fiction and cannot actually be – or at least were not originally meant to be – played.
The 2023 book for Bloomsbury titled "Fictional Games (a Philosophy of Worldbuilding and Imaginary Play)" is an initial exploration of this uncharted scholarly theme. It is also an occasion for rethinking the idea of games as artefacts that are not necessarily meant to be played. During the lecture some theoretical notions about fictional games will be introduced and a few salient philosophical and expressive uses of these imaginary devices will be presented.

More info and a sneak peek of their book here.

Stefano Gualeni is Associate Professor at the Institute of Digital Games (University of Malta), Visiting Professor at LCAD (Laguna Beach, California), and Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Game Studies at the Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto (Japan).
Riccardo Fassone is a game designer and Associate Professor of digital media history and game studies at the University of Torino.

Link to Eventbrite registration.
Link to virtual room.