Keynotes 2022

Keynotes 2022

Dr. James York

James is a senior assistant professor at Meiji University where he teaches and conducts research on the application of games and play in language and literacy teaching. He is currently exploring projects in the following areas:

– Teaching cyberpragmatics through analysis and participation in Reddit communities.
– “Doing things with games and play” (Having a societal impact with game design).
– The language of games and play (genre analysis, game literacy, learning about the games industry).
– A PBL class focused on the SDGs.
– A task-based language teaching approach to learning English communication skills with board and video games.

James also edits Ludic Language Pedagogy, an open-access journal that publishes research on the integration of games and play into language teaching practices.


– Reddiの分析や参加による言語教育。
– “Doing things with games and play”(ゲームデザインの社会的かつ教育的なインパクトについて)。
– ゲームと遊びの言語(ジャンル分析、ゲームリテラシー、ゲーム産業についての学習)。
– SDGsに焦点をあてたPBL授業。
– ボードゲームやビデオゲームを使った英語能力を育む授業。

また、ゲームや遊びを言語教育実践に取り入れるための研究を掲載するオープンアクセス・ジャーナル「Ludic Language Pedagogy」の創立者かつ編集者。

岸本 好弘






Dr. Yoshihiro Kishimoto

Yoshihiro Kishimoto is a level 98 gamification designer and sage-level representative of the Japan Gamification Association.

He has designed video games long before the Nintendo Entertainment System existed. With 29 years of experience under his belt as a video game developer, Yoshihiro has worked at companies such as Namco and Koei, and has developed 60 games to date.

He wore the hat of a game researcher. He was an associate professor at Tokyo University of Technology School of Media Science, where he taught classes and workshops on gamification. His research was focused on how the power of video games can be used to benefit education and society at large.

He then founded Japan Gamification Association. He gives lectures and holds workshops with the aim of helping motivate people gamify things such as education, work, and child-rearing in Japan. His ultimate mission is to “make the world a fun game!”

His favorite food is Omurice.

lara Fernández-Vara

Clara Fernández-Vara is Associate Arts Professor at the NYU Game Center. She is a game scholar, designer and writer. Her main research interest is the study and creation of narrative games, and how they create worlds as sites of performance. Clara’s digital media work is grounded in the humanities, informed by her background in literature, film and theatre. Her current work focuses on detective games and their relationship with other media. Her book, Introduction to Game Analysis, been published by Routledge. and is now on its second edition.

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