[VideoGames] 'Other Player': a conference on multiplayer games

Other Players is a conference about the multiplayer phenomenon (December 6 - 8, 2004, in Copenhagen).

Combining technical and interface issues to create compelling digital entertainment is in itself a daunting task. In the past years, however, it has become increasingly clear that game designers must also deal with issues formerly thought to belong to fields such as sociology, political science, and architecture. While many early games - think only of Spacewar! - were multiplayer games, more complex game designs have exponentially increased the challenge of handling social dynamics and understanding the many issues arising when players interact on more ambitious scales.The Other Players conference addresses multiplayer issues - massive, large, and small.

The possible list of topics includes but is not limited to:

• Multiplayer game design • Multiplayer/collective aesthetics • Social issues in multiplayer gaming • Multiplayer interface issues • Cheating and grief play • History and development of multiplayer games