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Tammie T Dudley <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:51:54 +0000
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The next session of Playtest will be on September 20 at 3 PM. We are delighted to have Daren Fowler, PhD Student in Moving Image Studies at GSU, back to present a session on "Cruising<>."

Cruising is the gay artform of navigating space, others, oppression, and desire to find casual, anonymous sex. It requires playing the game secretly giving and searching for knowing glances and gestures that will allow two men momentary sexual connection, as well as reading space for its safety and availability to such encounters. In this Playtest session, we will investigate how queerness and its desires navigate space, especially when that space (be it a 1962 bathroom or a video game streaming platform) actively works to contain and violate queer people. To do this, we will play Robert Yang's gay cruising simulator, The Tearoom, as well as discuss Yang's own writing on queer history and the censorship of queer games<> (warning: sexually suggestive content).

This session and our other sessions this semester will be held in room #211 in 25 Park Place at GSU. We'll have stations for hands-on experience with these games as well as cookies for the discussion.

For those who may not be familiar with Playtest, we are a weekly hour-long platform hosted by the Creative Media Industries Institute<> at Georgia State University for explaining in short talks the small parts of things we love about games and also giving people the ability to experience them by playing the games in a comfortable and critical setting. These sessions are open, so feel free to attend, bring your friends, and share with others in you department!

If you have questions about this session or Playtest, please visit our new website<> and/or contact myself<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or Cameron Kunzelman<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

We hope to see you at the next session of Playtest!



Jennifer Olive
Co-Organizer of Playtest<>
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