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Special Issue Call for Proposals: Well Played: Escape The Room 

Edited by Clara Fernandez-Vara and Ira Fay

Escape the Room games are popular all over the world, from New York to Kuala Lumpur, and have been created for all kinds of spaces. Although they are now thought of as a popular activity to do with friends, their origins are actually digital—its conventions derived from interactive fiction and point-and-click adventure games, and became its own genre of web games in the early 2000s. Their non-digital incarnations have taken the form of real rooms that invite participants to solve their puzzles to get out, and then have expanded to board games. This makes the escape the room genre a fascinating area of study and design, given how its history spans both videogames and physical games.

We are looking for submissions of analyses and studies of escape the room games, either digital and non-digital, from all over the world. We would also like to encourage designers of escape the room games to submit postmortems of their own work, as well as breakdowns of their design philosophy and lessons learned in their practice.

ETC Press is accepting submissions for this special issue of the Well Played journal.

  • All submissions are due February 28m 2020; and
  • All submissions and questions should be sent to: well-played (at) lists (dot) andrew (dot) cmu (dot) edu

About the Well Played Journal

The Well Played Journal is a forum for in-depth close readings of video games that parse out the various meanings to be found in the experience of playing a game. It is a reviewed journal open to submissions that will be released on a regular basis.

Contributors are encouraged to analyze sequences in a game in detail in order to illustrate and interpret how the various components of a game can come together to create a fulfilling playing experience unique to this medium. Through contributors, the journal will provide a variety of perspectives on the value of games.

The goal of the journal is to continue developing and defining a literacy of games as well as a sense of their value as an experience. Video games are a complex medium that merits careful interpretation and insightful analysis. By inviting contributors to look closely at video games and the experience of playing them, we hope to expand the discussion, and show how games are well played in a variety of ways.

The ETC Press is an academic and open-source publishing imprint that distributes its work in print, electronic and digital form. Inviting readers to contribute to and create versions of each publication, ETC Press fosters a community of collaborative authorship and dialogue across media. ETC Press represents an experiment and an evolution in publishing, bridging virtual and physical media to redefine the future of publication.