The Games Institute (GI) presents the next session of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on July 30, 2015.
Presenter: Emma Vossen
Topic: “What’s the most immersive thing you’ve ever done?”: The Escape Room Genre and Physical Game Play Experiences.
Abstract: Escape rooms are the new gaming fad that requires you and your friends to physically cooperate in order to finish all the puzzles involved in your adventure before the hour (or sometimes 45 minutes) is up. Now we know escape rooms must be fun cause they are all over our social media, and we know they must be lucrative because they are now popping up even more frequently than games cafes, but how do these rooms fit into the cultural landscape of gaming? What is an escape room? Is it larping? Is it role playing? Is it a haunted house with puzzles? Is it a game? In this talk I will look at the escape room as a genre and compare it to everything from puzzle room video games to haunted houses, extreme horror experiences and murder mystery dinners. I will also discuss why we might be seeing a surge in this type of physical “real life” gaming at this point in history. Lastly I will examine the attempts, failures, and successes of creating an immersive experience in the escape rooms I have done and why I feel that at least one escape room I did was the most immersive gameplay experience of my life. I will attempt to keep the talk 99% spoiler free for those who want to attend but still want do the rooms that I am discussing. I will be discussing the Unknown room as a warning for those who would like to go into that experience totally blind as intended, but as a counter argument I will also explain why I personally wish I had not gone into The Unknown room totally blind as it was intended to be played.
Date: July 30, 2015
Time: 12 - 1:00pm*
Where: GI (EC1)
*Please note that food and drinks will not be provided; this event is for uWaterloo Faculty & Students ONLY
12:00 - 12:45pm – Speaker's Presentation
12:45pm - 1:00pm – Questions and Discussion
175 Columbia Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L5Z5