Best paper award

The review chair, professor Raine Koskimaa, handed in Friday the Best Paper Award to Simo Järvelä who accepted the prize for paper “Digital Games as Experiment Stimulus”, co-authored by Simo Järvelä, Inger Ekman, J. Matias Kivikangas, and Niklas Ravaja. The conference committee commended the paper for interdisciplinary scholarship that combines solid understanding of games and game studies with the challenging field of psycho-physiological research.


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Conference over, thank you all!

DiGRA Nordic 2012 felt like a success: interesting papers, keynotes and panels, great discussions. All the arrangements were running smoothly. We want to express our thanks to DiGRA, Academy of Finland (Creation of Game Cultures project), TSV, and all reviewers, organisers and volunteers who made the conference possible. You can find a backlog of discussion and some photos by checking the #ndigra12 hashtag history in Twitter, and the Facebook event page for the conference. – See you all in the next DiGRA event!

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Full program published

Full conference program has now been published and can be found on the Program page. Note that the program is still preliminary and thus changes are possible.

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Draft program published

The outline for conference timetables is now published in the Program page. The full program will be published later when all speakers and sessions have been confirmed, but you can use the outline already to plan your travel timetables.

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Review completed, Final version deadline

The review and meta-review process of DiGRA Nordic 2012 was completed according to schedule in Monday, 2 April, and the authors have now been posted both their review statements and the review decision letter (these should arrive as two separate emails, so if you have submitted to the conference, but are missing either one, please contact the review chair, professor Raine Koskimaa, <raine.koskimaa (at)>). Note: the deadline for final versions is 7 May, 2012.

There were total of 46 interesting submissions on wide range of topics (42 papers, 4 panels and alternative forms) coming from all around the world. 24 papers were accepted, giving the acceptance ratio at 57 %. From DiGRA Nordic 2010 with its 13 accepted papers, there has been substantial growth, and the organisers want to thank both everyone who has submitted, as well as hard-working reviewers for their contributions.

Please remember that all authors need to be registered to the conference by 23 April, so that their papers will be included in the program and the proceedings. (See: )


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Submission closed

The deadline for conference submissions was passed in Tuesday, February 21st – we thank everyone for really nice interest to the conference and now close the system from new submissions. We will inform all authors about the results of the review by April 2nd. Please note that the conference registration is already open. There are also some special hotel discounts available in the venue, travel and accommodation page.

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Extension of Deadline, 21 February

Due to several requests, the conference committee has decided to extend the submission deadline until 21 February, 2012. The submission is open for full papers, panels and alternative forms (e.g. workshop or roundtable proposals). More:

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Call for Papers

DiGRA Nordic 2012 Call for Papers

DiGRA Nordic 2012 – “Local and Global: Games in Culture and Society”
6-8 June 2012, Tampere, Finland

Updates (23.1.2012 )! We can now announce all four conference keynote names, plus names of the paper theme chairs (below) – note also updates to submission and registration information:

  • Nick Montfort is associate professor of digital media at MIT and president of the Electronic Literature Organization. He develops text generators and interactive fiction and has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations. Montfort co-edited The New Media Reader and The Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1 and wrote Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (with Ian Bogost), and Riddle & Bind. His next book, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, is a collaboration with nine other authors about a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program.
  • Kristine Jørgensen is associate professor in media studies at the University of Bergen. She has published articles on game sound, the user interface in games, the player role, games research methods, the Norwegian game industry, and game narratives. She is the author of A Comprehensive Study of Sound in Computer Games, and is currently writing a book on game user interfaces.
  • Espen Aarseth is principal researcher at the Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen, and adjunct professor at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. He is also co-founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Game Studies, founder of the Digital Arts and Culture conference series, and co-founder of the Philosophy of Computer Games conference series, and author of Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature (Johns Hopkins UP 1997), a comparative media theory of games and other aesthetic forms.
  • Minna Ruckenstein is a Senior Researcher at the National Consumer Research Centre in Helsinki and the President of the Finnish Anthropological Society. Her ethnographic research has focused on children’s uses of virtual pets and virtual worlds. Recent articles contribute to the study of childhood from the perspectives of money, value creation and innovation. Published books include co-edited Rahan kulttuuri [The Culture of Money] (2009) and co-written Forget Innovation (2011). In 2011 she received the ITRA/BTHA and Brio prizes.
  • Also: the conference submission format will be based on the DiGRA 2011 format – you can download the paper template from here:
  • Registration information is available from here:

Overview: The study of games, players and related phenomena has expanded strongly both in its academic as well as in geographical range during the last decade. The DiGRA Nordic 2012 conference aims bring together Nordic and non-Nordic games researchers to discuss the cultural and social context of games and play from multiple perspectives, including reflections of local and global in game cultures. Year 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the Tampere Computer Games and Digital Cultures (CGDC 2002) conference, providing also an opportunity to reflect on the last decade of developments in Nordic game studies, as well as its wider international scope. The conference will be open to themes related to non-digital, as well as digital games and their different forms of play.

Review process: the conference accepts full paper submissions, which will be handled in anonymous peer review. There are Theme Chairs who oversee the reviews in specific paper categories. There will be online publication of accepted papers in the DiGRA Digital Library.

Venue: The conference will take place in Tampere, Finland, and will be jointly hosted by Universities of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Turku. The modern facilities of the new Technopolis building and the University of Tampere campus provide the venue for plenary keynote sessions and paper sessions in parallel rooms. There will be also social and other program available during the event.

Suggested themes and Theme Chairs: the conference has dedicated Theme Chairs who head the selection submissions as the meta-reviewers for the key themes in the conference:

  • local/global in game cultures (Chair: Thorsten Quandt)
  • historical perspectives into digital gaming (Chair: Melanie Swalwell)
  • social player studies (Chair: Torill Mortensen)
  • games industry (Chair: Mirva Peltoniemi)
  • design of games (Chair: Annika Waern)
  • gamification and gameful design (Chair: Sebastian Deterling)
  • gambling vs. gaming studies (Chair: Pauliina Raento) – see also the special workshop program here
  • games as art (Chair: Simon Niedenthal)
  • critical approaches to game studies (Chair: Jonas Linderoth)
  • games as media and communication (Chair: Marko Siitonen)
  • other (the conference submissions are not limited to the above themes)

Organisers: The conference will be hosted jointly by the Finnish DiGRA chapter, coordinated by Dr Olli Sotamaa and the Creation of Game Cultures research project, coordinated by professor Frans Mäyrä. Assisted by the review board and local organising team, the main organisers are:

  • Review Chair: professor Raine Koskimaa
  • Program Chair: professor Jaakko Suominen
  • Local Chair: professor Frans Mäyrä


  • deadline for full papers, panels and alternative forms: NOTE, now extended until 21 February 2012
  • authors are informed of review: 2 April 2012
  • final paper submission deadline: 7 May 2012
  • conference dates: 6-8 June 2012

Contact details: You can find more, up-to-date information in later in this website. The email contact address for the organising team is: digranordic2012 [at] For more information about other Nordic DiGRA activities, go to:

Welcome to Tampere!


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