January 2017: ‘Healing’

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Another year passes and the world is a little different. It’s pretty normal at the start of a new year to look at how things might change over the course of the next 12 months. At the end of 2016 we covered the theme of ‘illness’ and received some insightful pieces about how games and play mediate being sick. But with illness comes recovery, and for January we’d like you to consider how systems abstract ‘healing’:

Can games heal? Does play take certain kinds of health for granted and can it be a part of recovery? Tell us about the game you made to get better, or what it means for a character to get back to normal status after a brutal encounter or ailment. We want to know the successes and failures of systems that represent or encourage healing and what it means through games.

You’ve got until the end of January to report how you’ve come along.

Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @thecybersteam or @critdistance with the #BoRT hashtag. Happy blogging!

Suggestions for the Round Table:

  • Blogs of the Round Table is not curated. If you write it, we’ll publish it, as long as it’s connected to the topic and has been written specially for BoRT or up to one month prior.
  • Think of the BoRT topic as a starting point. Connecting your piece to the topic can be as creative as you want. We’re interested in writing about play, so be playful when you approach the round table!
  • This BoRT post is the home of the discussion: as we receive new submission blogs, we’ll update the ‘BoRT Linkomatic 5000’ so new blogs are reflected on this page immediately. We’ll also use the @critdistance Twitter account to post regular updates, so follow us!
  • As a knight of the round table we encourage you to leave a comment on a blog to which you respond with a link to the response piece and give the original writer a ‘right of reply’. Keep the conversation going!
  • If your work contains potentially disturbing content, please include a suitable warning at the start.
  • You can submit as many articles as you like throughout the month, and it doesn’t matter if they are commercially published, paywalled or available for free but we will need a transcript for paywalled content to be approved.