Video game designer, new media philosopher, author to speak at IUB

Ian Bogost

Ian Bogost

UPDATE: Bogost’s visit to Bloomington has been canceled. See CAHI’s Tumblr for additional information.

A co-worker told me recently, “CAHI is killing it with the speakers this year,” and he wasn’t kidding.

First, the College Arts and Humanities Institute hosted Chris Ware, comic book artist/cartoonist/author extraordinaire. Now, they’re welcoming Ian Bogost, an award-winning video game designer, media philosopher and author, to the IU Bloomington campus.

Bogost will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at IU Cinema. His lecture, co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester 2013, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, although seating is limited.

Don’t know much about Bogost?

He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. He is a founding partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio. Bogost’s research and writing treats videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political and art games.

cow_clickerHis recent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game that’s a send-up of Facebook games — part satire, part playable theory of current social games, part earnest example of the genre — and A Slow Year, a collection of videogame poems for Atari, Windows and Mac.

Meanwhile, CAHI described Bogost in a recent email as “one of the smartest scholars of new media and gaming, a regular contributor to tech blogs, and denizen of the Twittersphere.” I’m sold. How about you?