This evening we met with Marion Walton who is based in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town, to talk about her work (and play) with fan cultures and Role-Playing Games. In this screenshot, Marion, on the left, is describing a scenerio played out by her guild in World of Warcraft (see the slide she is standing in front of) while she is dressed for a vampire RPG in Second Life. One of Marion’s WoW guildmates, T, contributed as a guest speaker. The students were asking great questions…about roles in games, as distinct from Role Playing, for instance. Another student was considering the parallels between the depth of his 3 year old son’s imaginative play, and the RPGs under discussion (as a forum for collaborative, deeply engrossing adult play).

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