Archive for the ‘Miscellany’ Category

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D-E-F-E-N-S-E, gooooooo DEFENSE!

I realize this post is far shorter than the norm, and I apologize. I am just finding it too difficult to string words together. Trust me, I did you a favor by making this short. I defend my dissertation tomorrow. I have to admit, it’s a little hard to concentrate on anything right now, let […]

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Of Casual Games and Stereotype Threats

“Casual:” it’s a word that’s laden with hidden meaning in the gaming community. It’s an increasingly popular style of game that’s largely meant to target an audience outside of what might be considered the “core” gaming demographic. It’s the trend of game development companies to increase their funding and attention on games for smart phones […]

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Feminist Scholarship: To Label or Not to Label?

Lemme start this blog all feminist-style with a story. I got some feedback on my work recently that made me question what I’m doing with my dissertation. My diss work is on a theory I made up called procedural ethics (PE). PE, essentially, asks game scholars to start at the code and move backward, to […]

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Child Care and Video Games: A Guide for Mamas (Papas and Everyone In Between)

As if it was a bit of foreshadowing, I talked about the hours that I spent playing little puzzle games like Bejeweled on consoles when Pea was an infant because I had figured out how to play while feeding her and holding her upright afterwards (severe acid reflux made that necessary) and the music from […]

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Episode 75: If Not Points and Badges, Then What?: On Gamification

Episode 75: If Not Points and Badges, Then What: On Gamification (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) The episode where we talk about gamification and the future of games based learning. Definitely a fun way to learn more about games and learning.

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Virtual Reality: Fad or Future?

Virtual reality: the Sims had it long before I was aware that it was something that was possible outside of kitschy sci-fi movies. It was the best and most efficient way to give a Sim some much needed entertainment, if you could afford it anyway. Once the Sim had strapped themselves into the headset they […]

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Is Tamriel the New Tuesday Cafe?

Now for all of you youngin’s who don’t know what Tuesday Cafe was let me start with a little story. As a new-ish grad student and a budding technorhetorician I entered Connections MOO on a Tuesday evening for the first time almost 20 years ago. The place was full of Taris, mdays, tengrrls, Kafkazs, and […]

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Women and Technology and the Future of Games

Below is a post that follows in the vein of arguments I have made here and here about procedural ethics. Where many theories of games, and ways of analyzing games, start at the code and move forward, procedural ethics starts at the code and moves backwards. Rather than see code as something that solely influence by the […]

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Single Girl Syndrome

For me Mario Party showdowns begin long before the actual competition, at least in the early editions anyway. It doesn’t begin the first time we enter a mini-game or a lost duel. No, it begins at the character selection screen where, as long as I’m playing with at least one other woman anyway, the battle […]

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Play With Your Kids: Yoshi’s New Island Edition

The Yoshis are back and their fixing a mix up from the stork. Having never played a Yoshi game before, the new 3DS version seemed like a good opportunity to jump into the franchise. The 3DS has done wonders for catching me up with the old school Nintendo platformers so I was pretty confident that […]