Breaking the Magic Circle

Game Research Lab Spring Seminar 2008 Tampere Finland 10-11 April

Campus maps

We have now updated maps under practical info. Look for detailed info on how to find to the campus and our seminar rooms with maps and pictures here.

Seminar fully booked!

The seminar is now fully booked. Thereby, no new registration are being accepted for this years seminar.

Seminar rooms

Detailed info on the lecture rooms has been updated to the programme section.

Only few places left!

Due to practical reasons, we had to limit the number of participants. The registration for the seminar is open until 8th of April, but we have only few places left for now. If you are planning to participate, please act fast! Information on how to register to the seminar is found here.

Programme update!

We have updated the seminar programme due to one paper cancellation. Unfortunately Eetu Paloheimo had to cancel his presentation “Game Experiences in Skill Based Online Gambling Games”, which was scheduled for Friday. Changes in schedule emphasised in green below:

10:00-12:00 Session 4
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Session 5
14:30-15:00 Closing Discussion
17:30 Crash Course to Finland part 2: Sauna Excursion

Social events: Crash courses to Finland & Get Together @ Hypermedia Lab

We have published more info on the Breaking Magic Circle Seminar social events for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. To take full advantage of the wonderfull location of the seminar and to spark even more interesting discussions with your peers, join with us to the Crash Courses to Finland part 1 &2 and seminar Get Together @ Hypermedia Lab.

Breaking the Magic Circle seminar in Facebook

For all of you using Facebook: we added our seminar as an event to the Facebook. Search with “Breaking the magic circle” within the events application or go for this link: Join for discussion, sharing links and pictures and invite your friends to Tampere to have the magical discussions with us!

Registration is now open!

As the preliminary programme for the seminar is published, we are opening the registration. (NB: All speakers are automatically registered. The announcement primarily concerns the non-presenting participants.)

Seminar is free of charge, but the number of participants will be restricted. Full papers are distributed prior the event, in order to facilitate discussion. We expect all participants to be familiar with the papers.

You can register by sending an email to INFO-GAMESTUDIES[at] The message should include your name and affiliation.

Programme published!

Programme for our upcoming Breaking the Magic Circle seminar is now available online. On the programme page, you can find 17 interesting working titles in 5 sessions spread to two days. Notice also the updated social programme. We are looking forward to a very interesting and inspiring seminar!

Submission closed and notification of acceptance letters sent

The submission of abstracts is now closed and notifications of acceptance/rejection have been sent to all of the authors. 

This year we received more submissions than ever before in the history of the Game Research Lab annual spring seminar and thus, we inevitably had to reject a number of papers that we found interesting or well-written. The quality of papers submitted this year was exceptionally high and we are looking forward to an outstanding seminar.

Organizing committee thanks for all of the authors for providing interesting pieces to choose from!

We are now waiting for confirmations of participation and working with the final schedule that will be announced later.