. . . NEW GAMES INSPIRATIONS . . .

The cooperative games featured on A Sense of Play were very much informed by the New Games Movement, which I gratefully explored with Tracy Fullerton, Celia Pearce and Jacki Ford Morie of Ludica–and the late Bernie DeKoven, who was an early New Games referee and cofounder of the New Games Foundation. Bernie was an influential game designer, author, theorist, mentor to many, and dear friend of Ludica. We all played some of the New Games described in Andrew Fluegelman’s invigorating The New Games Book and used them as a basis for new work that included several co-authored papers, presentations, workshops, and an inspiring dialogue around the future of play–inclusion is what we found vital to capturing the spirit of New Games. “Play belongs to everyone” became our mantra.  We’ve each continued to work with New Games in a variety of academic settings, professional capacities, and artistic endeavors–with many more playful adventures to create. JF


How we play the game may be more important than we imagine, for it signifies nothing less than our way of being in the world.
— George Leonard, As quoted in The New Games Book

 Selected highlights from Ludica’s collaborations, including game-design challenges, publications, and discussions. Ludica was cofounded in Los Angeles in 2005 with Celia Pearce, Jacquelyn Ford Morie, and Tracy Fullerton.   With special thanks to our collaborators and friends for their enthusiasm, inspiration, and friendship: Bernie DeKoven, Mary Flanagan, Richard Kahlenberg, Elina Ollila, Katherine Milton, Katherine Moriwaki, Alex and Judy Singer and Larry Tuch. A very special thanks to all of the players, game designers and scholars who have participated in our interventions, including Ludica Game Design Challenges, publications and discussions. We hope our work continues to playfully challenge and inspire.   Courtesy of Ludica,  www.ludica.org.uk .

Selected highlights from Ludica’s collaborations, including game-design challenges, publications, and discussions. Ludica was cofounded in Los Angeles in 2005 with Celia Pearce, Jacquelyn Ford Morie, and Tracy Fullerton.

With special thanks to our collaborators and friends for their enthusiasm, inspiration, and friendship: Bernie DeKoven, Mary Flanagan, Richard Kahlenberg, Elina Ollila, Katherine Milton, Katherine Moriwaki, Alex and Judy Singer and Larry Tuch. A very special thanks to all of the players, game designers and scholars who have participated in our interventions, including Ludica Game Design Challenges, publications and discussions. We hope our work continues to playfully challenge and inspire.

Courtesy of Ludica, www.ludica.org.uk.


Most of the games were designed to encourage participation by people of widely differing abilities. All of our games required some degree of physical participation, even if it meant just sitting in a circle. Very few of our games involved keeping score.
— Bernie DeKoven, As quoted in 'Sustainable Play . . . '

 Park visitors gather for a parachute game at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, September 2015.

Park visitors gather for a parachute game at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, September 2015.


New Games is not a list of suggested forms and structures. Nor is it a foundation dedicated to perpetuating itself. New Games is an attitude that encourages people to play together. To learn only the form and not grasp the essence would be to miss the lifeline that gives rise to that attitude.
— Andrew Fluegelman, The New Games Book

: : Selected Publications by Ludica : :

Getting Girls into the Game: Towards a Virtuous Cycle, Beyond Barbie & Mortal Kombat, The MIT Press, 2008

The Hegemony of Play, DiGRA 2007: Situated Play, Tokyo

Sustainable Play: Toward a New Games Movement for the Digital Age, Games and Culture, Summer 2007

*Ludica’s work with New Games was also included in Feminist Media Studies (2011) and New Media Futures (2018).

 


I applaud the sentiments here, especially the overt and unapologetic gender analysis, which I am coming to believe may be the only thing that can save our rapidly collapsing civilization.
— One reviewer's comments for 'Sustainable Play . . .' presented at DAC 2005