Think Design Play, 5th DiGRA conference
hosted by Utrecht School of the Arts
Rethink, Redesign and Replay
keynote by Mary Flanagan
(16 september 2011)
In this talk, Mary Flanagan examines some of the most effective games from the values-oriented standpoint. She explores how a critical play approach allows us to consider games under new light, and redesign them for revolutionary types of play. Flanagan argues that the bind in which designers and scholars are increasingly finding themselves -- that of behaviorists -- needs to be challenged by such a focus on criticality. If fostering critical play means allowing players to see their choices clearly, Flanagan cautions that such player positioning may lure designers into questionable values-territory.
Dr. Mary Flanagan (http://www.maryflanagan.com), Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College, is an innovator known for theories on activist design, and critical play. In 2003 she founded Tiltfactor.org as a rigorous theory/practice laboratory focused on values, education, and social issues. Recent laboratory work includes new games for health. Flanagan has written +20 essays/chapters on games, empathy, gender, art, and design; Critical Play (2009) is her most recent book. Her artwork spans game-inspired systems to computer viruses, interfaces to interactive texts.