Around 50 researchers met as a group for the first time during the New Orleans ICA Conference in 2004. We discussed a variety of initiatives that we should undertake to build interest in research on computer games. From this meeting, a number of initiatives have begun.
Soon after returning from New Orleans, James Watt of RPI initiated a listserv open to anyone who is interested in games research and teaching.
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At the ICA meeting, there was some interest in forming a formal interest group for ICA members who are interested in teaching and researching computer games. There are currently few organizations for such researchers, and none that we know of with a social science orientation.
In the coming months, we will be posting an on-line survey to assess areas of shared interest among ICA members. The results of the survey will be made available to all participants and areas of interest will be posted on this site.