Center For Serious Play at UW Bothell Launches FUN Event

Friday, May 13, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,

BOTHELL, Wash. – The Center for Serious Play at UW Bothell invites the public to participate in the Futures of Unconventional Narrative (FUN) Beta conference on May 20. The interactive event explores the increasingly rich intersection between games and stories.

FUN Beta, which will be held in the Center for Serious Play’s innovative work-play space, comprises two tracks of activities running simultaneously and will feature some of the region’s top game designers and interactive narrative gurus.

“This event is a great example of how the Center for Serious Play fosters open communication between game and narrative professionals, educators and students in the Puget Sound area,” according to Center for Serious Play Director Wanda Gregory.

The event is sponsored by the Game Design Association, a locally based consortium of game designers committed to the craft of game content creation. Jordan Weisman, CEO of Go Go Kiddo, and Brian Tinsman, Evangelist at Zynga and President of the Game Design Association, will provide the keynote address.

Following the workshop will be a reception and the opportunity to play games with some of the presenters. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required due to space limitations.

To register or learn more, visit

FUN Beta will be held Friday, May 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Serious Play, located in the UW Bothell Beardslee Building.

About The Center For Serious Play: The purpose of the Center for Serious Play (CSP) is to transform education and foster community development by bridging the gaps between innovative design, development, teaching and application of interactive media technologies. Building on UW Bothell’s signature strengths in interdisciplinary inquiry and hands-on learning, the CSP brings together faculty, students, and industry partners to make a serious impact in diverse fields such as P-12 and higher education, health care, and sustainable environments. The CSP fosters the development of innovative products, services and processes through team-based projects and partnerships with industry and educational communities.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit

About the Game Design Association: The GDA is an association of game designers committed to the craft of game content creation. Its purpose is to advance the field of game design through member interaction, events and online community. Distinct from development, production or artistic concerns, the GDA seeks to define the universal truths and state of the art of game design. The GDA focuses on the aspects of game play that are largely independent of platform: mechanics, feedback, psychology, economics, aesthetics, story, characters, immersion and interaction.