The 8th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment will be held at Aotea Centre/The Edge, Auckland, New Zealand.

In this current economic climate of uncertainty, we see a convergence of innovative minds, creative solutions and emerging technologies enabling change. IE2012 will cover how PLAY can contribute to both major and minor challenges we are facing in these roaring times. What can we learn from being inventive and playful? And how can interactive entertainment contribute towards facilitating these changes? What do we need as designers, developers, critical thinkers and researchers to consider, bring in, promote when faced with these challenges? What is the role of play in future scenarios?