Machiko Kusahara - They Are Born to Play: The Japanese Game Culture

Game Culture Lecture Series led by Professors Erkki Huhtamo and Jennifer Steinkamp

February 7, 2005, 6:00 pm   » 

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Game Design & Culture

Gamers, game developers, media artists, designers, media critics, theorists, computer scientists, scholars and researchers debate the meaning of computer gaming as culture from multiple perspectives. Is interactive gaming a Great Narrative of the 21st century?

All lectures are free and take place on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the EDA, room 104 Kinross, 11000 Kinross Avenue in Westwood. Light refreshments will be provided.

Feb. 7, 2005
Machiko Kusahara (Waseda University, Tokyo)
They Are Born to Play: The Japanese Game Culture

The Japanese are known for their love of electronic games. Japanese games are amongst the most innovative on the market. No new idea seems too crazy for game-hungry fans. Why have games and gaming become such an important part of the Japanese culture? How are games related to other cultural fields - entertainment, art, and fashion? The lecture analyzes the meaning of games, or asobi in Japanese life and culture.

BIO: Machiko Kusahara is a media scholar and curator. She has published internationally in the field of art, technology, culture and history, including essays on Japanese games and mobile phone culture. She taught at UCLA in 2002-03, and is currently a professor at Waseda University, Tokyo. Kusahara holds a Ph. D. in engineering from University of Tokyo. Her recent research studies the correlation between digital media and traditional culture.

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