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Episode 14: Just PING Things (with Dr Matt Higgins and Dr Peter Howell)

Season 2, Ep. 2

Because it's just Adam this time, he gets to write all the show notes! Adam is joined by Dr Matt Higgins and Dr Peter Howell to talk all about making some games. Yes, he's taken over the podcast, and he's talking about the usefulness of making things! Of course, we all agree that there are multiple perspectives to study games from, but with a Practice research IN Games conference coming up, we thought it might be nice to spread the good news, including some book recommendations, how our lives affect the things we make and what practice research even is.

So many show note recommendations this time!

Check out our Linktree to join the Discord:

Abstracts for the PING conference go in here:


Lost in a Good Game by Pete Etchells:

The Game Writing Guide by Anna Megill:

Rules of Play by Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman:

Game Design Workshop by Tracy Fullerton:

Narrative Designer's Toolbox by Tobias Heussner et al.:

Writing for Games by Hannah Nicklin:

Book of Lenses by Jesse Schell:

And all our lovely Massively Multiplay Events:

Researching the Video Game with Lisa Meek on 17 May 2023:

The Pokelab Mini Conference with Steph Farnsworth and many guest speakers on 30 May 2023:

Psychology in Games with Matt Higgins, Lisa Meek and Catharine Cross on 31 May 2023:

Unpacking What We Take With Us with Adam Jerrett, now moved to 7 June 2023 at 1pm:

Living and Dying Well with Andy Porter on 7 June 2023 at 5pm:

Plants and Powerupswith Steph Farnsworth on 14 June 2023:

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