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Top 5 Mailing Lists Every Game Researcher Should Know

What Are Mailing Lists Good For?
Why should you care about Mailing lists? Have you ever missed a con­fer­ence dead­line or won­dered what could be inter­est­ing areas of research relat­ed to gam­ing? Heck, maybe you have just start­ed study­ing in high­er edu­ca­tion and won­dered whether all those pro­fes­sors do is play games. No time to waste, because if you want to find out what is going on inside the com­mu­ni­ty and get a good feel­ing of gam­ing Zeitgeist, you have found the right place to start.

Wouldn’t You Like To Know The Inside Scoop
A (mod­er­at­ed) dis­cus­sion mail­ing list usu­al­ly has neti­quette guide­lines (e.g. “read first, post lat­er”, “remem­ber you are talk­ing to a human being”), but the val­ue you get out of a list once you are on it for a while, is tremen­dous. Game researchers on those lists are usu­al­ly very open-mind­ed, friend­ly, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and sci­en­tif­ic peo­ple. They will keep you up to date with con­fer­ence calls, job adverts and hot research top­ics (poten­tial­ly for grant pro­pos­als or oth­er things). All you need to do is sub­scribe with your email address to the list and after con­fir­ma­tion this whole new world opens up to you. The only thing left to do is to fil­ter your email inbox, so it does not become crammed as some lists can have high traf­fic at times. And remem­ber, the list are run by pro­fes­sion­als, so you can always opt out at any time with­out any need for jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The Top Five Mailing Lists

  1. Gamesnetwork DiGRA Email List. The Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) has its own mail­ing list, filled most­ly with peo­ple from a game stud­ies back­ground. Most dis­cus­sion relat­ed to DiGRA take place here. Regular announce­ments include aca­d­e­m­ic job offers and call for papers (Cfps).
  2. Entertainment Computing Community Mailing List. The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) pro­vides this news and announce­ment ser­vice to all researchers inter­est­ed in the area of enter­tain­ment com­put­ing. The com­mu­ni­ty is prob­a­bly a bit more tech­ni­cal than on the DiGRA list.
  3. IGDA’s Game Education SIG Mailing List. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has a spe­cial inter­est group deal­ing with all things relat­ed to game edu­ca­tion. List mem­ber­ship is mas­sive and if you are liv­ing on the American con­ti­nent and do game edu­ca­tion, there is no excuse not to be on that list. Topics are how­ev­er more relat­ed to teach­ing than to researcher, but you do get indus­try and acad­e­mia Cfps as well as aca­d­e­m­ic job offer­ings.
  4. CHI-WEB Mailing List. Organized by the ACM spe­cial inter­est group on Computer-Human Interaction, this is a rather large resource, not just focused on inter­ac­tion and enter­tain­ment, but on all facets of HCI. If you pre­fer more focused lists, the ACM SIGCHI also offers CHI-Resources, CHI-Jobs, and CHI-Announcements.
  5. Serious Games Discussion Listserv. Serious games is a big top­ic for pro­fes­sion­als and aca­d­e­mics alike and this is the offi­cial list.

Is This Really It?

Think that I might have missed a good dis­cus­sion place? Feel free to add a com­ment!

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Mailing Lists Every Game Researcher Should Know

  1. Pingback: Worldwide Game Research Clusters Map « The Acagamic

  2. Hi Lennart,

    Thats a nice col­lec­tion of top-notch mail­ing lists.

    I cre­at­ed a E-Mail adress that crawls all the men­tioned mail­ing lists and for­wards them to the Mail-to-RSS Service Mailbucket.

    This way you can read the the mail­ing lists with a RSS-read­er of your choice.

    Simply sub­scirbe to this adress to get all updates: http://mailbucket.org/gamestudies.xml

    I am run­ning a sec­ond ser­vice with all Usability and User Experience mail­ing lists includ­ed, you may give it a try: http://www.mailbucket.org/mynewscrawler.xml

    Greetings,
    Stephan

    ps.: If you want to add more lists to the ser­vice, or in case one is miss­ing, feel free to send me an E-Mail 🙂

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