I am available for speaking engagements. Possible topics include videogame culture, games and news, games and learning, games and advertising, games in business and corporate training, the political uses of games, and other related subjects.
Next Appearance: March 16, 2014
What games need?
Critical Proximity Games Criticism Conference
Future Appearances
November 2, 2012
Material Constraint and Game Design
Project Horseshoe
March 17, 2014
How To Think: Critical Thinking and Analysis in Game Development Programs
Panel at the 2014 Game Developers Conference Education Summit
March 20, 2014
Rant Apocalypse: The 10th Anniversary Mega Session
2014 Game Developers Conference
Past Appearances
A selection of past speaking appearances. For a full list of conference and invited talks, see my CV.
March 7, 2014
Strange Games: Computer Gaming and Media Ecosystems
Center for Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina
January 22, 2014
Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis Seminar
January 20, 2014
Algorithmic culture: new forms of expression
LIFT 2014
November 7, 2013
Smithfield half hams, One Direction duct tape, and Cheeseburger Pringles
Center for Interdiscplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University
November 6, 2013
Wearables in a Post Mobile World Panel
2013 Georgia Tech People and Technology Forum
October 25, 2013
Open Access and the Humanities
Open Access Week, Georgia Tech
October 23, 2013
DevLearn 2013
October 4, 2013
Critical Condition
Panel on games criticism at IndieCade 2013
September 19, 2013
You gave me your mud and I've turned it to mud, or, the weird futility of game design R&D
At the New York Times
August 28, 2013
Play and Procedurality Panel
Digital Games Research Association Conference 2013
August 22, 2013
UXWeek 2013, San Francisco
June 17, 2013
10th Annual Games for Change Festival
April 30, 2013
I Kickstarted Your Project And I Didn't Even Get The Lousy T-Shirt
University of Maryland Digital Dialogues
April 18, 2013
Living With Things
Tolles Lecture, Hamilton College
April 5, 2013
Keynote, Ecologies Symposium
George Washington Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute
March 27, 2013
Scapegoats no More: Improving the Public Image of Games
At the Game Developers Conference 2013
February 16, 2013
Games as Commentary
At IndieCade East, New York
November 29, 2012
Loyola University New Orleans
November 17, 2012
MOCA Jacksonville Project Atrium Artist's Lecture
November 9, 2012
Making Games as Fast as You Can Think of Them
Adobe Education Conference, Toronto
October 17, 2012
Persuasive Games: Or Drilling for Whale
Invited Lecture at American University
October 11, 2012
World Knowledge Forum
Seoul, Korea
September 29, 2012
Object-Oriented Feminism & Game Studies panels
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) Annual Conference
September 7, 2012
IEEE International Games Innovation Conference
September 2, 2012
Decatur Book Festival
Local Prose stage, on Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be A Thing
June 23, 2012
Multimedia Institute and Institut Français, Zagreb Croatia
June 19, 2012
Game-o-matic: A Tool for Generating Journalistic Games on The Fly
At the 9th Annual Games for Change Festival
June 1, 2012
A Conversation with CliffyB
At the Foundations of Digital Games 2012 Conference
May 18, 2012
Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be A Thing
Web Visions, Portland
May 4, 2012
The Nonhuman Turn in 21st Century Studies
Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
April 26, 2012
Art Now Lecture Series
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia
April 20, 2012
Turing @ Tech
Panel and Discussion
April 10, 2012
Georgia Tech Computing Alumni Organization
April 6, 2012
Keynote, Mimesis Now
University of Rochester Humanities Project Conference.
March 28, 2012
Humility and Ordinariness, or the Future of Videogames
Lecture at Emory University
March 6, 2012
Rant Session, Education Summit
Game Developers Conference
March 5, 2012
How to Make a Game in Five Seconds
GameIT Summit, Game Developers Conference
March 5, 2012
Co-Organizer, GameIT Summit
Game Developers Conference
March 1, 2012
Game Change Panel
Telfair Museum, Savannah
February 24, 2012
Newsgames Lecture and Workshop
at NPR Marketplace
January 5, 2012
Electronic Literature Exhibit and Reading
At the 127th MLA Convention
November 16, 2011
Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro
November 13, 2011
Innovative Leisure
Babycastles exhibition opening
November 9, 2011
Plenary Discussion, McLuhan 100 - THEN NOW NEXT International Conference
University of Toronto
October 28, 2011
Keynote, GAME Conference
Macquarie University
October 19, 2011
Future of Literature Symposium
Georgia Tech Digital Media
October 11, 2011
Words, Images, Computation, and Other Materials
Invited Talk, UC Davis
September 30, 2011
Keynote, Tech Day
Tulane Innovative Learning Center
September 27, 2011
Rusty Machines and Fairy Tales
Guest Lecture, Technology, Globalization, and Culture, Iowa State University
September 22, 2011
Gaming Your Audience
Online News Association Conference
September 16, 2011
How Do Leaders Learn?
Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the World Economic Forum
September 13, 2011
IdeasLab on Connectivity and Social Interaction
Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the World Economic Forum
August 9, 2011
Wharton Gamification Symposium
Wharton School
June 28, 2011
Proceduralist Readings: How to Find Meaning in Games with Graphical Logics
At the Foundations of Digital Games Conference (with Treanor, Schweizer, Mateas)
May 11, 2011
Newsgames: Journalism at Play
Transmedia International Masterclass, Marseille
May 3, 2011
Serious Fun
TTI/Vanguard Conference
April 22, 2011
Hacks & Hackers NYC
April 15, 2011
Games and the Future of Culture
Inventing the Future of Games, UC Santa Cruz
April 7, 2011
What video game designers and rhetoricians can learn from each other
Session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
April 2, 2011
Newsgame Conference
Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota
March 16, 2011
Exergaming, Sports, and Ritual
Konferenz Sportlich spielend Lernen, Köln
March 15, 2011
The Future of Media
Ivan Allen College Founders Day
March 3, 2011
No Freaking Respect! Social Game Developers Rant Back
At the 2011 Game Developers Conference
March 1, 2011
Are Social Games Worthy?
Social Games Summit, Game Developers Conference
February 28, 2011
Co-Organizer, Serious Games Summit
At the Game Developers Conference
February 17, 2011
Materials: Books, Games, and Media and other Platforms
University of Colorado
January 21, 2011
Dark Horse: The Parimutuel Future of Procedural Rhetoric
DeRoy Lecture Series, Wayne State University
January 20, 2011
Gamification Summit
Newsgames, and general troublemaking
December 2, 2010
Metaphysics and Things: New Forms of Speculative Thought
Fourth International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project
December 1, 2010
Object-Oriented Ontogeny
Hello, Everything: Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology (at UCLA)
November 30, 2010
Journalism Director's Forum
USC Annenberg School of Journalism
November 16, 2010
Phosphor and Dust: Simulating the Cathode Ray Tube for Computer and Video Media
Digital Media in Cultural Heritage: New Preservation Technologies (Eastern Analytical Symposium)
October 30, 2010
Object-Oriented Feminism
Respondent, at the 2010 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference
October 14, 2010
Why We Should Stop Writing: Carpentry and the Future of Philosophy
Object-Oriented Philosophy Panel, 2010 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference
October 8, 2010
Finalist Exhibition, and Project Next Presentation
October 6, 2010
Making a Mockery: Ruminations on Cow Clicker
GDC Online
October 5, 2010
Future Media Fest
Future of Games Panel
October 2, 2010
SIEGE 2010
September 24, 2010
The 4th international Future and Reality of Gaming Conference
September 2, 2010
Decatur Book Festival
Panel on the Future of Storytelling
July 16, 2010
Theory Seminar on Social Games
at NYU
June 21, 2010
Humanities Gaming Institute
at the University of South Carolina
June 16, 2010
The Future of News and Civic Media Conference
On Cartoonist (with Michael Mateas)
May 26, 2010
The Fever for Flu Games
6th Annual Games for Health Conference
May 14, 2010
We Think in Public
Time Will Tell, But Epistemology Won't: In Memory of Richard Rorty, at UC Irvine
April 23, 2010
Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium
At Georgia Tech
April 19, 2010
April 8, 2010
Pre/Text Symposium
At Clemson University
March 13, 2010
Game Studies Download 5.0
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference
March 12, 2010
Nuovo Sessions
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference
March 12, 2010
GDC Microtalks 2010
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference
March 10, 2010
Over a Billion Dollars Can't Be Wrong: Is Exergaming Success a Victory for Serious Games?
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference
March 10, 2010
Seriously, Make YOUR Game!
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference
March 9, 2010
Co-Organizer, Serious Games Summit
At the 2010 Game Developers Conference
February 4, 2010
The Art History of Games
Symposium and Exhibition, at the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta
December 14, 2009
Platform Studies: Frequently Questioned Answers
2009 Digital Arts and Cultures Conference
December 11, 2009
Think Inside the Box: Platform Studies
Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds Speaker Series (with Nick Montfort)
December 4, 2009
Exposicion de Videojuegos Argentina (EVA) 2009
November 13, 2009
Mobile Games
UCLA Mobile Media Symposium
November 6, 2009
Society for Literature Science and the Arts Annual Conference
October 20, 2009
How to Think About Narrative and Interactivity
Moderator, a panel with Espen Aarseth, Fox Harrell, and Janet Murray
September 24, 2009
Gaming, Marketing, and Advertising
American Marketing Association Atlanta Marketing and Technology Lunch
September 3, 2009
Digital Games Research Association Conference
August 6, 2009
Art History of Games
Panel at SIGGRAPH 2009
July 3, 2009
Official Judge
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009 Finals
June 12, 2009
Keynote Speaker, Mentor
X Media Lab Serious Games Production Initiative
June 11, 2009
Platform Studies Seminar
University of Technology Sydney
June 2, 2009
E3 Expo
Exhibiting Guru Meditation at the Indiecade Booth
May 29, 2009
Newsgames, a Conversation with Ian Bogost and Clive Thompson
Games for Change 9th Annual Festival
May 27, 2009
Distributing Games for Change
Games for Change 101 Workshop
May 20, 2009
Fatal Frames
Society for Cinema & Media Studies Annual Conference
April 26, 2009
Creating and Managing an Academic Games Program
Panel at the Foundations of Digital Games Conference
April 16, 2009
Bone of My Bones, and Flesh of My Flesh: The Genesis of Ms. Pac-Man
Game Developers Exchange, Savannah College of Art and Design
April 3, 2009
Interface and Platform Studies
College of Design, NC State University
April 2, 2009
Book Signing
for Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, at noon, Barnes and Noble Midtown, Atlanta
March 27, 2009
Learning from Atari 2600
At the Game Developers Conference
March 25, 2009
Game Studies Download 4.0
At the Game Developers Conference (with Mia Consalvo & Jane McGonigal)
March 23, 2009
Serious Games Summit
(Co-Advisor), at the Game Developers Conference
March 5, 2009
Invited Talk
NYU Game Center Lecture Series
February 21, 2009
Public Gaming
Integrated Media Association Conference
January 17, 2009
MIX, New Mexico's 5th annual media industries event
December 10, 2008
Interactive Ontario GTalk Seminar
Lessons in family play and experience design from the Atari VCS
December 2, 2008
The City as Gameboard
Living Game Worlds 2008, at Georgia Tech
November 13, 2008
Invited Lecture
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
November 13, 2008
Invited Lecture
Harvard School of Public Health
October 9, 2008
Meaningful Play, Michigan State University
October 4, 2008
Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo (SEIGE)
October 3, 2008
Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames
Georgia Tech Family Weekend Seminar
September 11, 2008
Playing the News, The Institute for Interactive Journalism Conference
July 31, 2008
Convergence Lecture
Private client
July 14, 2008
Students and Gaming
At the University System of Georgia Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Annual Meeting
July 3, 2008
Microsoft Imagine Cup 2008
Official Judge
June 24, 2008
Games and Corporate Learning
TAG Workplace Learning Society
June 19, 2008
American Heart Association
Social Media Strategy Workshop
June 13, 2008
Social Gaming Summit
San Francisco, CA
June 4, 2008
Keynote Speech
Persuasive Technology 2008 Conference, Oulu Finland
June 2, 2008
Games for Change 101 Workshop
at the Games for Change Annual Festival
May 20, 2008
Software Studies Workshop
at the University of California San Diego
May 8, 2008
Keynote Speech
Philosophy of Computer Games Conference, Potsdam Germany
May 6, 2008
Deutsche Gamestage
Closing Keynote, Convergence Day
April 11, 2008
Game Developers eXchange 2008
Savannah College of Art and Design
April 3, 2008
International Symposium on Online Journalism
at the University of Texas at Austin
March 26, 2008
ICE 08
Interactive Content Exchange, Toronto
March 25, 2008
Workshop on Wellness and Well-Being
At the Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, CA
March 4, 2008
Designing Outreach in Virtual Worlds
Panel at the 2008 Politics Online Conference
February 23, 2008
Participant Journalism & Journalism Participation: Interacting & Authoring in New Media
Symposium on Computation and Journalism
February 18, 2008
Serious Games Summit
Co-organizer, 2008 Game Developers Conference
February 18, 2008
Game Developers Conference
Keynote at the Academic Summit; co-chair at the Serious Games Summit; Game Studies Download 3.0 (with Jane McGonigal and Mia Consalvo)
February 12, 2008
Visiting Lecture
HUMlab, Umeå University Sweden
December 27, 2007
Panel on Persuasive Games
at the Modern Language Association annual conference
November 29, 2007
Seminar on Procedural Rhetoric
at Concordia University, Montreal
November 27, 2007
The Present and Future of Game Criticism
Invited Talk, Montreal Game Conference (Montreal, QB)
November 13, 2007
Computers and Other Neglected Topics in Game Studies
at NYU
November 8, 2007
Games and Civic Engagement
Knight Center Communications Forum, at MIT
November 1, 2007
Procedural Rhetoric: Code as Argument
21st Society for Science, Literature and the Arts (SLSA) Conference (Portland, ME)
October 18, 2007
Persuasive Games
GVU Brown Bag Lecture Series
October 16, 2007
Serious Play: The Practices of Everyday Life in Videogames and Virtual Worlds
UC Irvine Humanitech Series on Technology, Translation and Transformation
October 15, 2007
Platform Studies: Material Constraint in Words, Images, and Computers
Talk hosted by the USC department of Comparative Literature
October 12, 2007
Keynote, North American Simulation and Gaming Association
Banquet keynote at the NASAGA 2007 conference
October 6, 2007
Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo
Plenary panel with Daniel Greenberg and Ernest Adams
September 21, 2007
LeapFrog Enterprises
Talk on serious games and educational games
September 15, 2007
Platform Studies: Computing and Creativity on the VCS, MPC, and Wii
(with Nick Montfort), Digital Arts and Cultures 2007 Conference (Perth, Australia)
September 7, 2007
Sim-U 2007, University of Arkansas
Keynote presentation at this conference on developing higher education responses to the computer gaming student generation
September 5, 2007
Book Signing
A book signing for Persuasive Games at the Barnes & Noble Midtown Atlanta, 5pm
August 22, 2007
National Academies
On games and youth, for the Standing Committee on Technology Insight-Gauge, Evaluate, and Review (TIGER)
August 15, 2007
Video Games and Learning
At the Georgia Tech Annual President's Retreat
August 7, 2007
The Colbert Report
I will appear as a guest on The Colbert Report, episode airing August 7
August 1, 2007
NYC Book Talk & Signing
At Eyebeam in Chelsea, New York City. With Alex Galloway, Ken Wark, and Clive Thompson
July 23, 2007
Bloomberg TV
An appearance on Night Talk, with Mike Schneider, discussing my book and videogames in politics
July 12, 2007
Making Games Persuasive
Workshop (with Eric Zimmerman) Games, Learning & Society Conference 3.0 (Madison, WI)
June 21, 2007
Persuasive Games
Invited Lecture, Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA)
June 12, 2007
A Moment of Crisis! A Case Study of Airport Security
Invited Presentation, Games for Change 2007 Festival (New York, NY)
May 23, 2007
Health Games & Persuasion
Invited Panelist, The Institute for the Future Health Horizons Spring 2007 Conference (San Francisco, CA)
May 18, 2007
Building Powerful Online Communities: Best Practices
Invited Panelist, Personal Democracy Forum (New York, NY)
May 16, 2007
Videogames Beyond Entertainment
Keynote Presentation, Colorado University Spring Symposium (Denver CO)
May 14, 2007
From Atari VCS to Nintendo Wii: Platform Studies as an Approach to Videogame Criticism and Design
Invited Lecture, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
February 5, 2007
Persuasive Games: Introduction to Procedural Rhetoric
Invited Lecture, UC Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
February 2, 2007
Persuading with Mobile Games
Mobile Persuasion Conference, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
December 6, 2006
Platform studies: computers and other neglected topics in game research
Invited Lecture, Playing the Field: An Interdisciplinary Game Researchers Summit. IT University Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
November 17, 2006
Persuasive Games, or How Videogames Make Arguments and How Players Respond
Invited Lecture, University of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA)
November 15, 2006
Introduction to Platform Studies
Invited Lecture, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Seminar, Duke University (Durham, NC)
November 13, 2006
Political and Activist Gaming
Invited Lecture, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University (Durham, NC)
September 4, 2006
Casual Games, a New Perspective
Keynote Presentation, Nokia Game Day (Helsinki, Finland)
July 9, 2006
Introduction to Games for Health
Invited Lecture, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Atlanta, GA)
May 9, 2006
Persuasive Games and Social Change
Invited Lecture, The Hollywood Hill (Los Angeles, CA)
May 9, 2006
Persuasive Games, or How to Resist Serious Games
Keynote Presentation, Taking Games Seriously Symposium, Ohio University (Athens, OH)
April 28, 2006
How to Do Things with Videogames
January 20, 2006
What do Educational Games Teach
Invited Lecture, The Age of Simulation, Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria)
November 15, 2005
The Future of Advertising in Games
European Advertising in Games Forum (London, England)
October 13, 2005
Social Issues Games
Invited Lecture, Games for Change Conference (New York, NY)
September 22, 2005
Designing for Reproach
Invited Lecture, University of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
July 10, 2005
Digital Gaming as Pedagogy and Activism
Invited Lecture, Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
June 22, 2005
Virtual Worlds, Real Money
Supernova 2005 (San Francisco, CA)
February 10, 2005
At This Moment: Representation of Events in Videogames
Innovative Game Design Symposium, Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, Netherlands)
August 15, 2004
Playing the News
Invited Lecture, American Press Institute (Washington DC)
March 20, 2004
Digital Futures for Television
Writers Guild of America Symposium (Los Angeles, CA)


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