In September, the MEMENTOES consortium met for a plenary meeting at ICS-FORTH headquarters in Heraklion, Greece. It was a busy three days: partners gave progress updates on all of the project’s work packages and hosted workshops and discussions on game design and development, evaluation of the games, accessible game design, and the ethics of creating games based on traumatic life experiences.
Since our first in-person plenary meeting in March 2023, the project has come a long way as partners have moved from debates about how best to approach co-production to sharing early versions of their games, as well as achieving other project milestones. The discussions included the following:
- Sharing game design progress, as well as discussing challenges and techniques to make the games entertaining, educational, and emotionally engaging
- Demonstrating AI-powered technological tools produced alongside the games
- Reviewing work related to the digital cultural heritage cluster, dissemination, communication, and exploitation strategies, and intellectual property rights management
- Knowledge-sharing around accessibility in game design
The consortium also focused on the project’s short-term next steps, many of which revolve around evaluating the efficacy of the games in different contexts. Discussions covered the following topics:
- Identifying the best approaches to evaluate the games as tools for education, remembrance, empathy, and social change
- Strategies to incorporate people with disabilities in the evaluation of games
- Techniques to make games emotionally engaging using archival materials with limited time for gameplay
- Managing the constraints of different consoles
The next MEMENTOES meeting will take place in Spring 2024. Stay up-to-date with our progress via our website, newsletter, and social media pages.
Written by Amelia Williams, Trilateral Research
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