Big Ol’ List of 2008 Virtual World Conferences

What follows is a list of 2008 conferences that have something to do with virtual worlds. Think of all the frequent flyer miles…
[last update 05/13/08]

Jan 26 – 27: Virtual Worlds and Space – NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA USA
Jan 28: Virtual Liberties: Do Avatars Dream of Civil Rights? – USC Annenberg Island, SL [Monday Jan 28th, 2:30pm)

Feb 4 – 6: When Media Environments Become Real – University of Bern, Switzerland
Feb 11: Virtual worlds and social science – Emory University, USA
Feb 14-15: Computer Games, Law, Regulation and Policy Symposium – QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane, Australia
Feb 16 – 17: Metaverse U – Stanford, CA USA
Feb 18 – 22: GDC – San Francisco, CA USA
Feb 28 – 29: Nordic Serious Games Conference (NSG) – Jyväskylä, Finland
Feb 28-March 3: Game Development in Computer Science Education – On board the Celebrity Century cruise ship departing from Miami, FL USA

March 7 – 11: SxSWi – Austin, TX, USA
March 27 – 28: Gamer Technology Law – Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA USA

April 3 – 4: Virtual Worlds Conference – New York City, NY USA
April 10 – 11: Breaking the Magic Circle – Tampere, Finland
April 10 14:30-16:30: Why Commercial Lawyers Should Care About Virtual Worlds and Online Games [.pdf] – Dallas, TX USA
April 19-20: Homo Ludens: Locating Play in Contemporary Culture and
Society – Laboral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial in Gijon, Spain
April 25 – 26: Cultures of Virtual Worlds – University of California, Irvine, CA USA
April 28-30: Living Game Worlds IV – Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA USA

May 8 – 10: The Philosophy of Computer Games – Potsdam, Germany
May 13: Best of Metanomics! Real World Press – Muse Isle in SL (teleport)
May 17 – 18: Productive Play – UC Irvine

June 5–6: MMOG Fest 08 – Stafford, UK
June 24 – 27: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC’08) – Nîmes, France

August 26 – 29: The [Player] Conference – ITUC Copenhagen, Denmark
August TBA: Edinburgh Interactive – Edinburgh, UK

Sept 4 – 5: Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo – Los Angeles, CA USA
Sept 5 – 7: SLCC – Tampa, FL USA

Oct 15 – 18: IR8.0 [AoIR] – Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct 17 – 19: Future and Reality of Gaming (F.R.O.G.) – Vienna Games Conference

[Compiled from BiggerNova mailing list. Thanks Ren Reynolds, Brian Green, Julian Dibbell, Nic Suzor, Vincent Scheurer, and Bruce Damer!]

Discussion (6 comments)
chris sherman May 16th, 2008 (1:13 pm)

Please don’t forget Virtual Worlds London – Oct. 20-21, 2008 – London –

chris sherman May 16th, 2008 (1:16 pm)

Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo – Los Angeles, CA USA
dates are incorrect: Should be Sept. 3-4, 2008

Burcu Bakioglu May 18th, 2008 (10:04 pm)

Uhmmm, Living Game Worlds is December 1-2, not in April, FYI…

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Alberto Navarro June 17th, 2008 (12:48 pm)

And very interesting the Primer Congreso sobre Metaversos ( in the Ibiza Island, the 20-21-22 Of June 2008

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About Waffler

Joost is fascinated by games and human behavior. His research explores video games as an entryway to contemporary media culture. After completing a Master's degree in Media studies in Amsterdam, he continued his research in New York. There he was project manager on a landmark investigation of three decades of ownership trends in the American media landscape, the results of which were part of a congressional testimony, a series of articles and a book. In 2010 he received his doctorate from Columbia University for his dissertation titled "Social Gaming and Communicative Exchange." Joost currently teaches at the NYU Game Center.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Joost is also founder and CEO of an online games research firm called SuperData. In early 2010 the company secured multi-year seed funding, and today employs five people. Clients include publishers such as Electronic Arts, SEGA, and Pokémon as well as all the major Wall street firms.

Joost lives in the East Village with his wife Janelle and son Maximus.

Selected Presentations
  • Video Game Data & Trends, Ottawa International Game Conference, Canada, 2013.
  • Business Principles and Market Trends for Multi-Platform Games, Festival of Games, Amsterdam 2013.
  • 2013 Game Changers: How Will Devices Impact Your Future Growth? (keynote), Game Developer Conference, 2013.
  • Free-to-Play State of the Industry, Game Connection Paris, 2012.
  • Online Games Research: Getting Publishers to Play Nice, New Media, New Demand Measurement Methodologies, 2012 Columbia University.
  • The Great Unboxing: Major Trends in the Transition to Digital and Free-to-Play Gaming, DCM East, 2012.
  • The Rise of Free-to-Play, moderator and co-organizer, Re:Play - The Theory, Practice, and Business of Video Games, 2012, NYU.
  • Trading Card Games: Delivering the Digital Promise, PAX East, 2012.
  • From Asteroids to Zynga: Three Decades of Game Design and Revenue Models, GDC Online, 2011.
  • Video Game Industry, 2010 Fordham University, 2010.
  • Social Media and TV, LATVfest, 2010 Los Angeles.
  • Top 5 Trends in Gaming, NY Games Conference, New York, 2009.
  • Kids, Tweens & Teens, State of Play IV, New York Law School, New York, 2009.
  • Game Theory, Play Money, Columbia Business School, New York, 2008. (event organizer)
  • Media Economics: The Question of Ownership, Hunter College, New York, 2008.
  • On Game Mod Communities, 106th Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, 2007.
  • Game Mods & Post-Industrial Play, CITI Visiting Scholar’s Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series, Columbia Business School, New York, October 2007.
  • The Video Game Vocabulary and the Production of Meaning, MiT5: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, April 2007. (abstract)
  • Cities, Games and Media: Playing with and in the Urban Setting, Time|Space Dynamics in Urban Settings, Technishen Universität, Berlin, May 2007.
  • The Aesthetic Vocabulary of Video Games, Seventh Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, November 2006.
  • Haussmann’s Media Environment (revised), Sixth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association, Fordham University, New York, May 2005.
  • Media Technology & Society: Video Game Theory, Dissertation outline, Columbia University, New York, April 2005.
  • Good Day New York, Fox Television, aired August 20th, debate with Attorney Sanford Rubenstein on videogame violence, August 2004.
Contact: joost at waffler dot org

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