Symposium and Exhibition: Towards the Expanded Field – March 7-9, Graz.


Talks, Spatial audio performances & VR Exhibition
7-9 of March
Haus der Architektur, Graz

Virtual reality and spatial audio technologies bring about a new paradigm in the fields of architecture and music. While defying classification, works developed in these media extend our spatial and auditory sensibilities beyond what is perceivable in the physical world. Can we regard them however as architecture and music, or are they foreign to their origins?

Architect Constantinos Miltiadis and composer and sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma will present their investigations and exhibit works on virtual navigable environments and sculptural spatial audio. The event intends to initiate a discussion on the nature of such explorations, in parallel to the nature and future of music and architecture in the expanded field.

The event includes talks by Constantinos Miltiadis (Institute of Architecture and Media, TU Graz) Dr. Gerriet K. Sharma (Institute of Electronic Music, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Edgard Varèse Professor, TU Berlin) and Prof. Stephan Günzel (BTK Berlin).

There will also be a VR exhibition and spatial audio performances for the Sonible IKO, as well as a reading group of Rosalind Krauss’ “Sculpture in the expanded field”.

Event information and program:
Haus der Architektur [x]
Institute of Architecture and Media [x]
Poster [x]

Curated by Constantinos Miltiadis

C. Thi Nguyen is Program Committee Leader for PCG2018

thiWe are very happy to announce that Thi Nguyen from Utah Valley University has accepted the the role of program committee leader for the next PCG conference.  He will be the first US program committee leader for the PCG conference series. Thi is already a member of the steering group for the game philosophy network.

The next conference is due to be held in Copenhagen at ITU in August. It is planned to be a part of a unique collaboration scheme which involves participants in other areas in the study of games.

The program committee will be constituted shortly and it will start to work on the next call for papers. More info about the conference and the larger collaboration scheme will soon follow.



Journal Article: Freedom and the Value of Games

My article, “Freedom and the Value of Games,” is now out in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. A post-print is also available on my website.

rcjp20.v048.i01.coverThis essay explores the features in virtue of
which games are valuable or worthwhile to play. The difficulty view of games holds that the goodness of games lies in their difficulty: by making activities more complex or making them require greater effort, they structure easier activities into more difficult, therefore more worthwhile, activities. I argue that a further source of the value of games is that they provide players with an experience of freedom, which they provide both as paradigmatically unnecessary activities and by offering opportunities for relatively unconstrained choice inside the ‘lusory’ world that players inhabit.

Book: The Aesthetics of Videogames

51TXy-vm4VL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_An important book on the aesthetics of computer games will soon be out, edited by Jon Robson and Grant Tavinor.  From the description:

“This collection of essays is devoted to the philosophical examination of the aesthetics of videogames. Videogames represent one of the most significant developments in the modern popular arts, and it is a topic that is attracting much attention among philosophers of art and aestheticians. As a burgeoning medium of artistic expression, videogames raise entirely new aesthetic concerns, particularly concerning their ontology, interactivity, and aesthetic value. The essays in this volume address a number of pressing theoretical issues related to these areas, including but not limited to: the nature of performance and identity in videogames; their status as an interactive form of art; the ethical problems raised by violence in videogames; and the representation of women in videogames and the gaming community. The Aesthetics of Videogames is an important contribution to analytic aesthetics that deals with an important and growing art form.”


Journal Article: Competition as Cooperation

downloadI’m pleased to announce that my paper, Competition as Cooperation, was recently published in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. (For those without institutional access, I’ve also put a pre-print draft online for free access.)

The paper argues that, under certain very specific conditions, games can transform competition into cooperation. Other accounts have tried to explain that transformation by focusing exclusively on player attitudes – their playfulness, or their consent. I argued instead for a distributed account of transformation: successful transformation depends on not only on players having the right motivational state, but also on aspects of game design, player fit, and extra-game community.

C. Thi Nguyen

PCG2017 Workshop: New Game Definitions


28. November 2017

Krakow, Gołębia 16 street, room 42

385940773_1280x720The aim of the workshop is to survey different options for answering the questions “What is a game?” and “What is a computer game?” and to get a feel for future directions that reflections on these questions may take. While keeping an eye on conventional notions such as voluntary goals, play and make-believe, the workshop will explore unconventional notions like artifact roles, status functions and new roles for play. The workshop will also discuss  foundational issues for the project of defining games, such as definition types, essences, family resemblances or nominalism. The workshop is intended as a preparatory meeting, so please contact the organizers if you would like to participate in future events.




10.00 Introduction

Sebastian Möring and John R. Sageng


11.00 On Defining  

Anita Leirfall


11.30 The Wittgensteinian Thesis on Defining and Game Definitions 

Oliver Laas


12.00 The Game as the Partner in Play: A Posthuman Approach to the  Definition of the Video Game Object

Justyna Janik


12.30 Games as Status Functions

John R. Sageng


13.00. Lunch


14.00  How to Compare Game Definitions

Pawel Grabarczyk


14.30 Self-playing games: Rethinking the State of Digital Play

Sonia Fizek


15.00 On the Technological Specificity of Playable Artifacts

Olli Leino


15.30 Common discussion


Discussion forum:

Organizers: Sebastian Möring and John R. Sageng

Grzegorz J. Nalepa is the Fourth Confirmed Keynote Speaker for the PoCG 2017

gjn2016white-mediumIn a few days, we will send notification letters to all of the authors. To make this time more bearable, we would like to share some news with you. We are happy to announce the fourth of our keynote speakers for the PoCP 2017 – Grzegorz J. Nalepa.

Grzegorz J. Nalepa is an engineer with degrees in computer science – artificial intelligence, and philosophy. He has been working in the area of intelligent systems and knowledge engineering for over 15 years.
He formulated the eXtended Tabular Trees rule representation method, as well as the Semantic Knowledge Engineering approach.
He authored a book “Modeling with Rules using Semantic Knowledge Engineering” (Springer 2017).
He co-edited a book “Synergies Between Knowledge Engineering and Software Engineering” (Springer 2017). He has co-authored over 150 research papers in international journals and conferences.
He coordinates GEIST – Group for Engineering of Intelligent Systems and Technologies ( cooperating with AGH University and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. For almost 10 years he has been co-chairing the Knowledge and Software Engineering Workshop (KESE) at KI, the German AI conference, Spanish CAEPIA, as well ECAI. He is the President of the Polish Artificial Intelligence Society (PSSI), member of EurAI. He is also a member of IEEE, Italian Artificial Intelligence Society (AI*IA), KES, Polish Cognitive Science Society (PTK).
His recent interests include context-aware systems and affective computing.

Book: Perspectives of the Avatar

I am delighted to announce that my book entitled “Perspectives of the Avatar: Sketching the Existential Aesthetics of Digital Games” (University of Lower Silesia Press, Wrocław 2017) is now available.

MMKania_Perspectives of the Avatar

The book was funded by the research grant awarded by the Polish National Science Centre, and you can download it for free from here.

The main ambition of “Perspectives of the Avatar” is to sketch the existential aesthetics that explore the situatedness of the individual towards a single player digital game with avatar. The book focuses on games falling within the category of independent or art games, and builds upon an assumption drawn from existentialism; where the individual facing the world is the central philosophical concern. In this theoretical horizon, a situation can become meaningful only from the point of view of the particular being.

Marta M. Kania


Game: Something Something Soup Something

Stefano Gualeni has made a philosophical game that has received a great deal of interest. There is a recent article about it at Kotaku.

somethingsomethingStefano writes “Something Something Soup Something is my latest attempt at ‘playable philosophy’.  The game, if we agree to call it such, can be freely played on (or downloaded from) the official website:

It was developed at the Institute of Digital Games (University of Malta) with the support of Maltco Lotteries.

I and the rest of the developers prefer to think of it as an interactive thought experiment: a piece of technology that discloses situations and presents notions in ways that are interactive and negotiable (and maybe even playful).

Something Something Soup Something it is designed to reveal, through its gameplay, that even a familiar, ordinary concept like ‘soup’ is vague, shifting, and impossible to define exhaustively. It is also designed to stimulate reflection on the possibility to analytically define what a game is: does the presence of several ‘ludological ingredients’ warrant its definition as a video game? What if only a part of it could be formally recognized as a video game? Is it even wise or productive to strive for a complete theoretical understanding of concepts like ‘soup’ or ‘game’?”

Game duration: about 6 minutes.

Something Something Soup Something was developed in collaboration with:

Isabelle Kniestedt – Art, programming
Johnathan Harrington – Field research and additional design
Marcello Gomez Maureira – Web-design and additional programming
Riccardo Fassone – Music and sound effects
Jasper Schellekens – Narrator, research support

Philip Brey is the Third Confirmed Keynote Speaker for the PoCG 2017

The review process is still in progress, but we would like to share with you an exciting news! We are happy to announce the third of our keynote speakers for the PoCP 2017 – Philip Brey.

v2Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy of technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. He has published extensively in the areas of ethics of technology and responsible research and innovation. He is president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology, a former president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and a member of the editorial board of over ten leading journals in his field. He is coordinator of the SIENNA project, an EU Horizon 2020-funded project on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence, human genomics, and human enhancement.  Many of his publications are in the philosophy and ethics of information technology, including publications on virtual reality, computer mediation and computer games.