On the 5th November 2019 to the 8th November 2019, Game Designer Hayley Royston and Research Assistant John Pearson attended the 8th International EAI ArtsIT conference in the quiet city of Aalborg, Denmark, to present the paper “Designing a Serious Game to Raise Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence among Adolescents in the UK: The Use of ‘Good Games’ Principles for Effective Behavioural Change”.
The ArtsIT, Interactivity and Game Creation conference is a platform where people whose interests lie in the use of modern technologies in art can disseminate their cutting-edge, scientific research results in topics related to Arts, Design and Technology.
The conference has been running annually since 2009 and accepts papers rooted in arts, design and technology, as well as other related topics, such as interactivity (e.g. augmented and virtual reality) and game creation (e.g. ‘serious games’ etc.).
John and Hayley presented their paper on the morning of the 8th of November. Their presentation included a brief introduction to the aims of the None in Three Centre, the current research conducted by the centre, the serious games that the centre is aiming to develop (concentrating on the UK game) and a brief overview of the reasoning behind the design choices of the game and the overall game framework to create an engaging, immersive experience.
The presentation was received with great interest, eliciting a number of good questions that were answered succinctly by Hayley.
Other presentations centred around the practices of gamification, new and old uses of virtual reality and a number of interesting methods of digital art. A full, detailed paper program, and detailed information about how you can download the conference papers can be found on http://artsit.org/program-at-a-glance/.
The ArtsIT 2020 conference will again take place in Aalborg, Denmark and the organisers are looking for a new University/location to host the 2021 conference.