Keynotes 2022

Keynotes 2022

Thursday, August 25th

9:15 – 10:15am (JST)

Clara Fernández-Vara

Associate Arts Professor at the NYU Game Center

The Tangled Roots of Japanese Detective Games
Detective games have a long tradition in Japan – from Microcabin’s Mystery House (1982), to the recent release in the west of the Famicom Detective Club titles, and the enduring appeal of the Ace Attorney series. At the core of these games remains a connection to works from North America and Europe from Agatha Christie to Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason‘s novels. These games take these media texts and rework them in a Japanese context, much like honkaku novels follow the novelistic tradition of the puzzle-clue stories to find their own conventions, as well as inform the design of these games. This lecture will explore how these texts enter in dialogue with narrative design, challenging players to solve their mysteries within certain traditions of detective fiction.

Friday, August 26th

8:00 – 9:00am (JST)

Dr. James York

Senior assistant professor, Meiji University

Games for learning (language) teaching
In this talk, I will introduce how I have taught with games over the last decade. However, in order to get there, he will first engage with the theme of the conference and look at “games for learning.” Such games will be introduced based on behaviourist and constructivist learning theories including how we may tap into community of practices for individualised learning. Games for learning are also criticised for being too reductionist. Following this, the talk will describe the research on games in language and literacy teaching contexts, the area of practice I am most familiar with. This leads to the argument that we do not really need more games for learning as we find ourselves in an “indiepocolypse.” Instead, then, I call for teacher education around games—specifically the bolstering of teachers’ ludic and pedagogical literacy. Finally, then, I show how I have taught various classes with games; from basic language skills to having an impact in society through game design.

Saturday, August 27th

15:15 – 16:15 (JST)

Mr. Yoshihiro Kishimoto

Level 98 gamification designer and sage-level representative of the Japan Gamification Association

Jゲーミフィケーション 日本の現状 -なぜゲーム大国日本は、現実にゲーム要素をもっと取り入れないのか?

待したように広がらない。皆が幸せになる考え方、やり方だと考えるに。「なぜゲーム大国 日本は、現実にゲ

J-Gamification and The State of Japan: Why doesn’t Japan, a gaming superpower, incorporate more
game elements into its reality?

I started to utilize gamification in my university classes around 2011. As of 2019, I am the representative sage of the Japan Gamification Association, and I am working to broaden the application of gamification outside of the classroom to impact people in the workforce, train gamification designers, and collect examples of gamification use. Gamification is defined as “putting game elements into everyday life such as work, study and housework to motivate people to have fun. Gamification emphasizes ‘fun’ as its primary motivational method and has a high affinity with the younger generation.”
As a former game designer with 29 years of experience, I have incorporated gamic elements, such as active
participation, setting achievable goals, and rewarding effort through praise, into six elements of my gamification
The term “J-Gamification” was coined as a distinct Japanese evolution of gamification. J-gamification is effective for Japanese people who love to play games by leveling up, completing a game, and earning gacha. We will introduce examples of games in which J-gamification has been used, such as radio gymnastics, roulette at kaiten zushi restaurants, pilgrimages, and games for regional development.
Our goal is to make the world a fun game! However, to date, gamification has not spread in Japan as we had hoped. There is a need to think about what makes people happy and how to make that happen. Why doesn’t Japan, a gaming superpower, incorporate more game elements into its reality? I would like to hear the opinions of foreign researchers to discuss and explore the question of “Why doesn’t Japan, a game superpower, incorporate more game elements in reality?



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Organizing Committee

Replaying Japan 2022 is organized by the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies, in collaboration with University of Alberta (AI for Society (AI4S) signature area, the Prince Takamado Japan Centre (PTJC), and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS)), University of Delaware, Bath Spa University, Seijoh University, University of Liège, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and DiGRA Japan.