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The Field of Dreams Approach: On Writing About Video Games

GO: I go to these academic conferences where a similar conversation is happening among professors who write in the field of gaming studies. Some bring in literary and film theory, and try to lay that on top of video games, while others reject that. The tools and the language are already there from other fields, […]
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Casually Explained: Evolution III – The Human Player Type

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A boardgame about climate change that melts as you play

  GEOlino, a German science magazine for children, wants to ensure that kids have access to resources that will help them to understand what the human race is facing (and what it’s causing)—in an easily digestible boardgame format. Recognizing the futility of trying to explain such a complex idea to a child using headache-inducing theory […]
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“‘Pokémon GO’ Is Making Total Strangers Become Friends…”

Around the world, people (who own Android and iOS devices) have heard the call to become Pokémon Trainers thanks to Nintendo and Niantic’s Pokemon GO. The augmented reality app brings the game of finding and catching Pokemon out into the real world with digital Pokemon roaming around parks, bus stops, and landmarks throughout the world […]
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“Games, in other words, offer a metaphor for a vision of life…”

Games, in other words, offer a metaphor for a vision of life that can be ordered, understood and conquered. They are fair and just in a way that the real world is not. The game makes its player a fair bargain: “Give me your time and energy and you will prevail in accordance with your […]