Foundations of Digital Games 2012
May 29 – June 1, 2012
Raleigh, North Carolina
Call for Submissions
Full Paper & Panel Submission: 19 December 2011
Doctoral Consortium Submission: 19 January 2012
Research & Experimental Games Festival Submission: 19 January 2012
Paper, Panel & Doctoral Consortium Author Notification: 1 March 2012
Research & Experimental Games Festival Notification: 1 March 2012
Poster and Demo Submission: 12 March 2012
Poster and Demo Notification: 25 March 2012
Camera Ready Full Papers & Research Games: 27 March 2012
Camera Ready Posters and Demos: 29 March 2012
FDG 2012, the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, is a focal point for academic efforts in all areas of research and education involving games, game technologies, gameplay, and game design. The goal of the conference is the advancement of the study of digital games, including new game technologies, capabilities, designs, applications, educational uses, and modes of play.
We invite researchers and educators to submit to FDG 2012 and share insights and cutting-edge research related to game technologies and their use. FDG 2012 will include presentations of peer-reviewed papers, invited talks by high-profile industry and academic leaders, panels, and posters.
The conference will also host a technical demo session, a Research and Experimental Games Festival, and a Doctoral Consortium. The technical demo session will include novel tools, techniques, and systems created for games. The Research and Experimental Games Festival will showcase the latest experimental and research games. The Doctoral Consortium serves as a forum for Ph.D. students to present their dissertation research, exchange experiences with peers, discuss ideas for future research and receive feedback from established games researchers and the wider FDG community.
Full Paper with a maximum length of 8 pages
Poster with a maximum length of 2-page abstract
Doctoral Consortium with a maximum length of 3-page extended abstract
Demo with a maximum length of 2-page abstract
Panel with a maximum length of 2-page abstract
Research & Experimental Game with a maximum length of 4-page abstract
Submission Tracks: Authors must submit to one of the following tracks:
Game Studies (studying games, players, and their role in society and culture)
Game Design (methods, techniques, studies)
Serious Games (building and evaluating games for a purpose; learning in games)
Games Education (preparing students to design and develop games)
Artificial Intelligence (agents, motion and camera planning, navigation, adaptivity, dialog)
Game Development (tools, frameworks, networking, databases)
Graphics and Interaction (rendering, modeling, animation, understanding players and interfaces, interaction techniques)
Panels (all areas)
See the official FDG website for a list of track chairs for 2012. All submissions will be rigorously blind peer-reviewed for their scholarly merit, significance, novelty, clarity and relevance to the advancement of the study and creation of digital games. All full papers must describe a completed unit of work and show rigorous and compelling evaluation of the ideas they present. Posters should describe novel work in progress that is not at the same level of research maturity as a full submission.
In addition, a number of workshops will be held within FDG 2012, focusing on emerging areas. Please refer to the FDG website for the respective calls for papers. Paper, Poster, and Panel Submissions Papers must not exceed eight pages and panel and poster submissions must not exceed two pages. Panel submissions should describe the focus of the panel, provide a list ofconfirmed speakers, and indicate their areas of expertise relative to the topic. Submissions must not have been published previously. In addition, a submission identical or substantially similar in content (in its entirety or in part) to one submitted to FDG should not be simultaneously under consideration at another conference or journal during the entire FDG review process (from the submission deadline until notifications of decisions are emailed to authors). Authors of an accepted paper that focuses on an experimental or prototype game willalso be invited to demo the game on which their paper is based in the Research Games Festival.
Technical Demo Submissions FDG 2012 will include an interactive technical demo event to showcase the latest tools, techniques, and systems created for games by academic or industrial research groups. Playable games should be submitted to the Research and Experimental Games Festival.
Research and Experimental GamesFestival Submissions
The Festival is designed to showcase playable games that are experimental or have a research component. Submitted games could be significant because they are designed to answer a research question or experiment with the design process, or because their technological components represent research advancements.
Works in progress are permitted, but the game will ideally include at least one playable level (or comparable unit of play time). Works that have not yet reached this stage may be more suitable for the conference demo track. In addition to submitting the game, submissions should also include a 2-4 page writeup of the project which addresses technical as well as other requirements needed for demonstrating the game at FDG. The text should outline the game (research context, and how the work demonstrates rigor in methodology and a contribution to knowledge. Submissions should also include a link to the game hosted on your own server or one of your choosing. We welcome and encourage works exploring a variety ofdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, including interdisciplinary collaborations. It is the responsibility of the contributor to ensure all necessary information is accessible at all times during the judging period (19 January 2012 to 01 March 2012).
Games will be peer reviewed by an international panel comprised of academics, artists, and game designers. The Festival accepts works at all stages of publishing, regardless of source funding, provided the work clearly demonstrates an advancement to current and/or ongoing research. Works previously submitted to other festivals or exhibitions are permitted.
General Submission Guidelines
All submissions must be in either PDF or DOC format, and comply with the official ACM proceedings format using one of the templates provided at <http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html>
Submissions must be made via EasyChair at https<https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fdg2012>
All accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings. For accepted submissions to appear in the proceedings, at least one author must register for the conference by the deadline for camera-ready copy submission. ***Pending final approval, all publications from FDG 2012 will be included in the ACM Digital Library.***
FDG 2012 invites PhD students to apply to the DoctoralConsortium, a forum to provide PhD students with early feedback on their research directions, from fellow students, researchers, and experienced faculty in the area.
The consortium is intended primarily for PhD students who intend to pursue a career in academia, who will soon propose, or have recently proposed, their research. To apply, doctoral students should submit a CV, a3-page extended abstract describing their proposed research, and a support letter from their PhD advisor. Approximately 5 students will be invited, and will receive scholarships toward conference registration and travel expenses. Invited Doctoral Consortium students will give a 15 minute presentation on their work to the consortium committee, who will provide detailed feedback on their ideas. DC students will also be invited to present a poster on their DC abstracts during the general poster session. Accepted DC abstracts will appear in the conference proceedings. All students accepted into the Doctoral Consortium will be expected to attend both the conference and the consortium. Interested students should submit a CV and a 3-page extended abstract that is a research proposal describing a promising unexplored research direction, and should discuss:
The goals of your proposed PhD research (Why those goals are important and who they would be important to $B!|(B How your approach differs from previous approaches, if any Your current results, if any Plans for completing this research Applicants should upload their 3-page extended abstract and CV in PDF format to easychair (in the Doctoral Consortium track) by January 9, 2012. Applicants should also have their advisors email a letter of recommendation directly to Tiffany Barnes (Tiffany.Barnes@uncc.edu<mailto:Tiffany.Barnes@uncc.edu>) by this date, with the subject “FDG DC Recommendation”. Questions? Email Tiffany Barnes, Doctoral Consortium Chair, Tiffany.Barnes@uncc.edu<mailto:Tiffany.Barnes@uncc.edu>
Important Dates for Doctoral Consortium:
Doctoral Consortium proposal submissions: 19 January 2012
Advisor support letter: 19 January 2012 Doctoral Consortium notification of results: 1 March 2012 Registration for Authors: 20 March 2012
Please direct your questions to the Doctoral Consortium Chair Tiffany Barnes, at Tiffany.Barnes@uncc.edu<mailto:Tiffany.Barnes@uncc.edu>.