Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 4:00 pm – Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 6:00 pm

Games and VR

By The Manchester Games Studies Network (MSGN)

Date: Wednesday 1st May 2019

Time: 4pm - 6pm

Location: GM 222

Tickets: Free - Available on Eventbrite. Please be aware there are very limited spaces available on this event.

In this playful session, Dr Tom Brock will showcase and invite participants to experience virtual reality games, simulations and environments. Participants have the opportunity to use a HTC Vive – an immersive virtual reality experience that tracks body motion – and play popular VR titles, including Beat Sabre, Superhot VR, Skyrim VR. This will also be an occasion for participants to explore the globe (!) through Google Earth VRand have a taste of what the future of film and TV entertainment may become. Tom will also provide a brief accompanying talk about the teaching and research possibilities that VR opens up.

Tom Brock is a lecturer in the department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Durham and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. His research interests include social theory, digital culture and political protest. He has authored publications on video game consumption, critical pedagogy, student movements, and populism. Tom is the co-author of the book Structure, Culture and Agency: Selected Papers of Margaret Archer (Routledge). He currently co-convenes the BSA Realism and Social Research Group and steers the BSA Theory Study Group. Tom is also an Associate at the Centre for Social Ontology at the University of Warwick.

The Manchester Games Studies Network (MGSN), established at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 by Sam Illingworth and Paul Wake, is an interdisciplinary research group working on games and play. Our focus is on both analogue and digital games, and the MGSN team brings together academics and practitioners from a range of disciplines, including Computing, Education, English, History, Media Studies, Psychology, Science Communication, and Sociology. Find out more here.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to disability equality. If you have any access requirements, please let us know via 0161 247 6740 or email us at before you arrive to help us to make sure that your visit to the event is as enjoyable as possible.

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