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Environmental Games Talk

Mark your calendars! ENVS is co-sponsoring this upcoming talk on environmental video games:

“The Problem of Modeling (and Rendering) Trees” with Alenda Chang

keywords_uo_nature_changCan you commune with nature in a video game? The rise of so-called “walking simulator” games suggests that you can, even as games remain undertheorized as environmental systems. Ranging from first-person walkers, to plant modeling software and asset libraries, to gestural terraforming in virtual reality, this presentation will outline just a few of the ways in which the environmental humanities can contribute to the future of game studies.

ALENDA Y. CHANG is an Assistant Professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she specializes in merging ecocritical theory with the analysis of contemporary media. Her writing has recently been featured in _Ant Spider Bee_, _Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment_, and _Qui Parle_, and her current book project develops ecological frameworks for understanding and designing digital games. She also maintains the _Growing Games_ blog as a resource for researchers in game and ecomedia studies and the environmental humanities.

Her talk will take place on February 22, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in EMU 023, Lease Crutcher Lewis Room.