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Univ. of Tokyo Establishes Grad Program for Content Studies

University of Tokyo, one of the leading university in Japan, opens this October a graduate program for studies of content, including games, movies, anime, and so forth. As a kick off event, they held a seminar session on September 29, titled "International Cooperation among Gamer Developers." Two distinguished lecturers presented speeches. First, Mr. Jason Della Rocca, a program director at IGDA, talked about "Industry/Academic Relations" on game studies. He explained what is expected for both industry and academic sides in enhancing game studies. And second, Dr. Gonzalo Frasca, a reserch scientist at the Center for Computer Game Research at the IT University in Copenhagen, talked about "Some Recent Trends in Cultural Computer Game Research," He presented recent trends of game studies, including i) ludology, ii) studies of virtual worlds of MMORPGs, and iii) serious games.

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