THATCamp IMMERSe is a three-day weekend of workshops, unconference sessions, game play and game design hosted by the Games Institute in partnership with the IMMERSe Research Network for Video Game Immersion, and inspired by THATCamp Games. The event will bring together theorists and practitioners of game studies and the digital humanities, game developers and designers, games enthusiasts and advocates, and humanities instructors and scholars interested in games, pedagogy, and player experience. Participants will discuss, debate, critique, create, and play games throughout the weekend's activities.
THATCamp IMMERSe will take place in Kitchener-Waterloo from July 12th-14th.
Friday's series of workshops will be held in the aesthetic Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) campus in the heart of uptown Waterloo. The morning's featured events include a workshop on Locative Augmented Reality gaming by THATCamp lead organizer Lauren Burr, and a workshop on board game simulation by The Games Institute and IMMERSe director Dr. Neil Randall. The afternoon's series of events will subsequently include a workshop on Brain Computer Interfacing Applications by Josh Garofalo and Linus Shu, a workshop on Cobble Cards Game Design by Rob Parker, and a Gamification workshop given by Jana Zacharias.
Saturday's unconference sessions will be held in the Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, and include a session on ethics in videogame design, original videogame presentations ("Ship Wars" by Elise Visit and "Shakespeareoke!" by Kirk Zurell), an unconference titled "Library Gamification and Marker Spaces" by Andrew McAlorum, and a session on sexuality, violence, and women in gaming communities.
Sunday's THATCamp IMMERSe activities will be held at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener. The entire day will be devoted to showcasing and playing the most popular modern and vintage video games. The exhibition is called, "Get IMMERSed"; several consoles (including Playstations 1, 2, and 3, Nintendo Wiis, Xbox-360s, original Nintendos, and more) and a multi-terminal Artemis play-station will be set up within THEMUSEUM's interior. Other featured games include Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros., Mario Tennis, Wii Sports, Prince of Persia, Spyro, Spiderman Alliance, Halo 3, Pong, Little Big Planet, several versions of Sonic the Hedgehog from various gaming eras, and many, many more. The day's events will be open to the public, and museum attendees are invited to take part in the game play and engage with the Kitchener-Waterloo gaming community. The afternoon will also feature a THATCamp design jam, with the resultant game concept to be developed by a team of The Games Institute- and IMMERSe-affiliated game designers, together with THEMUSEUM, for an upcoming fall exhibition.