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Paul Wake
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Hi All,

I'd like to introduce the Games Research Network that we've recently set up at Manchester Metropolitan University. We're a group of researchers (from various disciplines) with a particular interest in play and games. My own background is in literary studies (and my current research focuses on board games) but the group's interests are much broader and include education, sociology, media studies, science communication, computer and video games etc.

You can find out more about what we do (and plan to do) on our website:

www.gamesresearchnetwork.org

I'm really keen to know what people think of the work we're doing and to hear any suggestions as for the directions in which we might take things. Please do take a look and post any comments here, on the blog, or email me.

Cheers - Paul
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Subscribed! Are you considering participants from elsewhere? I'm an English professor from Chicago who uses games a lot in class.
 
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Paul Wake
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Hi Brendan, we certainly are yes.

As you'll have seen the group is in its early stages (we set the network up this term) and we've got lots of stuff to work out. One of the first questions, and one of our main aims, is to see how we can work with people beyond our institution (so academics, gamers, designers, artists, industry). In the short term we're planning a symposium (likely next April) and from that we're hoping to put together a funding bid that'll allow us to extend the network in a more significant way.

Sam and I are currently planning a session to deliver a gaming session to support media students working on Fantasy and Horror worldbuilding so I'd be really interested to hear about your own work - your course on Zombies sounds great (I've just googled you!). Perhaps I could email you about this?

In the meantime, if you've followed the blog that's great (thanks) and if you have any suggestions about how the network might best develop its international aims we'd be really interested.
 
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Sounds great! Do email me -- my contact info should be easy to find via Google. I can also e-introduce you to my friend and colleague Paul Booth, who has been doing more writing on this subject and visits the UK a couple times a year.
 
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Paul Wake
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That'd be great. I read Paul's (excellent) book Game Play only last month. I'll get in touch by email soon.
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Paul Booth
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Thanks both! I'm definitely interested!
 
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Paul Wake
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Excellent. And hello Paul. I'm very pleased to hear that this might be of interest. I'll get in touch by email in the very near future.
 
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