. . . 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 the Ludica collective; and the late Bernie DeKoven. Bernie was an award-winning game designer, New Games referee, cofounder of the New Games Foundation, and innovator of Junkyard Sports. He was also an influential author, theorist, critic, play tester, mentor to many, dear friend of Ludica, and a major fan of all things fun and related to play. One of our favorite books in common we’d often come back to in our conversations was The Grasshopper - Games, Life and Utopia by Bernard Suits. We also enjoyed many walks along Redondo Beach, observing people at play followed by tea in Bernie’s garden.
The Ludica team collectively played and experimented with some of the New Games described in Andrew Fluegelman’s invigorating The New Games Book. We enthusiastically embraced these ideas 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 more playful adventures to embark on in the future. JF
: : 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); please see reviews in Hyperallergic and Illinois Times :