Antoni Planells offers a conference on the coexistence of board and video games

Today, 9th of December, at 7.30 pm in the Palau de la Virreina, Antoni Planells, learned scholar in the field of video and board games, will offer a conference focussing on these two gaming modalities.

Under the title Super Mario to Catan. The perseverance of analogue board-game skills in video games, Antoni Planells will attempt to explain both the unexpected recent resurgence in board games, bearing in mind their direct influence on the world of video games, and the need to promote both the gaming industry per se and the participation in board games on a local level as an activity that represents both the recovery of non-digital values and increased incorporation of game mechanics, or gamification, into educational processes.

 

Planells, an Academic Coordinator at the University Centre for Technology and Digital Art in Madrid (U-tad), will speak about the current predominance of video games as an entertainment model in comparison with the recent emergence of board games as a traditional sector that has undergone a radical transformation. These two apparently related sectors, in fact, present a series of diametrically opposing realities and, during the presentation, Planells will approach the coexistence of the two sectors from three distinct perspectives: the existent industrial asymmetry and the need for social legitimisation, the principal differences in terms of the formation of values, and the significant contribution that board games can make to the world of digital entertainment.

 

Antoni Planells is also the holder of an internationally recognised doctorate from the Carlos III University in Madrid with a thesis on video games and the design of fictional gaming worlds and is the author of numerous publications and lectures relating to the creation of fictional video gaming worlds, the design of video game characters and the limits of intellectual property and its associated rights. His fields of knowledge and research areas include audio-visual and interactive fiction theory, the history of analogue and digital games, the conceptual design of entertainment products and the relationship between intellectual property and the new technologies.

The conference is part of the DAU Barcelona games festival, which has been organised for the third consecutive year by the Directorate for Creativity and Innovation of the Barcelona Culture Institute (ICUB).

A conference by Antoni Planells

“Super Mario to Catan. The perseverance of analogue board-game skills in video games”

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Palau de la Virreina, 7.30 pm

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Publication date: Tuesday, 02 December 2014
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