Wednesday 22 February 2017, 5.00PM to 6.30pm
Speaker(s): Cara Ellison, in conversation with Anna Bramwell-Dicks
Cara Ellison is a video game narrative designer and author. She has written for The Guardian, VICE, Kotaku, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine and the New Statesman, and was co-writer on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World (Channel 4). Her writing and game narrative work has been featured in The New York Times and Wired, and she was one of the Guardian’s Top Ten Young People In Digital Media 2014. In the same year, Cara successfully sought funding from Patreon for her "Embed with" series, in which she became an itinerant games journalist, travelling the world and writing about the lives and processes of games developers, culminating in the book Embed with Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers (2015). Cara wrote the text-based interactive fiction game Sacrilege, which The New York Times described as a "raw exploration of female sexuality that also includes some astute observations about male desire". She recently worked for Arkane Studios to develop the storyline for stealth action game Dishonored 2, due for release in November 2016.
Anna Bramwell-Dicks is an Associate Lecturer in Interactive Media at TFTV. Anna studied for an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Music Technology Systems and then specialised in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with an MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies. She combined HCI and music for her PhD in Computer Science (University of York), which aims to understand whether we can improve performance at work with music, particularly with regard to computing tasks. She has worked on accessibility-focused HCI projects including the EU funded i2web project; and most recently the Innovate UK funded SoundTact project.
Admission: This event is only open to TFTV staff and students.