In particular, I’ll be looking forward to (although I have not yet read the papers):
Styles of Playing Violent Video Games: An Individual Differences Research Methodology
Amanda Bolton, Gregory Fouts
Addressing Social Dilemmas and Fostering Cooperation through Computer Games (full paper)
Gaining Advantage: How Videogame Players Define and Negotiate Cheating (full paper)
The “White-Eyed” Player Culture: Grief Play and Construction of Deviance in MMORPGs (full paper)
Holin Lin, Chuen-Tsai Sun
/hide: The Aesthetics of Group and Solo Play (full paper)
Law, Order and Conflicts of Interest in Massively Multiplayer Online Games (full paper)
Daniel Pargman, Andreas Eriksson
A Brief Social History of Game Play (full paper)
Oh, and then of course there’s TL Taylor’s keynote and Jesper Juul’s dissertation talk – not to be missed by anyone who don’t have the pleasure of their everyday pleasantness.
But all in all it seems those Vancouver days will be quite packed.