Archive for the ‘Miscellany’ Category

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Writing Code Through Gameplay; Learning While We Play

For years we have been talking about learning to write code through game play with things like Gamestar Mechanic and Double Fine’s Hack and Slash (which requires you to change the code of the game’s assets in order to win), but the recent attention that folks like YouTuber SethBling has gotten for writing code with his gameplay […]

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Episode 93: We’ve Got Nothing But Time: On Finding Time to Play Games for Fun and Research

Episode 93: We’ve Got Nothing But Time: On Finding Time to Play Games for Fun and Research (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) The episode where we talk about finding time to play games as gamers, researchers, and parents. We are joined this week by guest and NYMG community member, Patrick Love.

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Playing Favorites: Why do we love certain Game Franchises?

Just about every gamer has it: that one series that they love through thick and thin, come hell, high water, or cell-shading. The reasons for loving any series are vast, and range from nostalgia to narrative, from characters to adventures, and just about everything in between. Indeed, thinking about your favorite series and why you […]

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Play With Your Kids: Lego Fusion Resort Designer; Or, Doing Construction in a Tank Top

This Christmas Pea received a Lego Fusion kit for Christmas. When it was time to choose which kit she should get it was a tough choice. I took the time and looked through the videos of gameplay online and made the decision that despite my hatred of the Lego Friends line with their barbified miniatures, […]

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Gender Roles in Character Classes

Fantasy Life, Level-5′s semi-recent contribution to the Nintendo 3DS’s impressive array of games, is all about (as the title suggests) living your role playing fantasies. Although light on plot and structure, the game’s numerous character classes and the ease in which you can transition between them makes it a memorable and enjoyable experience. And the […]

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Why Writing and Playing Video Games are Alike; Or, A Public Apology to My Mother

For years I have given folks that party line that I don’t “teach” writing, but rather that I facilitate writing. And, of course, it’s true even if it does sound damned pretentious. You really can’t teach someone how to write. You can model it for them and give them feedback, but in the end people […]

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Episode 92: It Was the Best of Games, It Was the Worst of Games

Episode 92: It Was the Best of Games, It Was the Worst of Games (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) Welcome to 2015 and we start with a discussion of our best and worst games of 2014. We are joined this week by guest and NYMG community member, Ashley Barry.

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Geek Parenting: Holiday Edition

With Christmas vacation looming just around the corner I look on in envy as friends and family tweet, post, and talk about staying up late and sleeping in till noon. I smile and nod because I know that Christmas break is going to mean getting up and making breakfast for a cute, but demanding little […]

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2014 in Gaming Cover Art

The end of the year is drawing upon us and in the first of two posts reviewing this year of gaming, I thought I’d analyze the cover or box art of some of this year’s new console releases. For the sake of simplicity I will be focusing only on some of the best selling titles […]

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Power Hour Review: Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice (XBox One)

Winter (break) is coming! And that means that there is going to be a whole lot of catch up up going on among gamers everywhere. I think that I am starting off my run to diminish my pile of shame a bit. With the release of the next gen systems my pile of shame has […]