Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Gaming As Culture

Gaming As Culture
Originally uploaded by FlorenceChee.
The games reader in which I wrote a chapter with Marcelo Vieta and Richard Smith, is available for mass-market purchase.

Gaming as Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity and Experience in Fantasy Games

The editors, Patrick Williams, Sean Hendricks, and Keith Winkler did a great job making the process smooth and keeping everyone on task. Cool cover :D

Thursday, March 23, 2006

WoW on your resume

Here's an -amusing- article from the April issue of Wired titled, "You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired!" Written by John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas, the piece discusses the transferable skills such as leadership that one can enhance while practicing those activities in WoW. The particular case they cite is a senior director at Yahoo! who is also a top guild leader in the online game.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gamers voting network - follow up story

Here's a follow-up story on the BBC to the previous post about a "gamer bloc"

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents game producers, wants US gamers to register to vote and to lobby against new restrictions. Democrat Senators Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman are backing the Family Entertainment Protection Act, which would restrict the sale of some games. Violent and sexually explicit games are currently self-regulated and age-rated."

In the story, the idea of gamers as 'politically apathetic' is entertained. Hmm.

See the whole story>>

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The game powers

On TerraNova, Edward Castronova writes about a "gamer bloc" that is forming in response to anti-game legislation. He has some good links for more information and questions how the bloc will affect 'real life' and/or game policies.

Take a look>>

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Betrayal et al

Great story on WoW coming from Korea in anticipation of the opening of AQ... complete with screenshots.

Read the story and see the screenshots>>

Monday, March 06, 2006

Nelson 2006 photos up

Just a few shots of the intellectual debauchery that was Nelson. Big thanks go to Darryl Cressman and Roy Bendor for being the organizational masterminds of the event.
It was a pleasure meeting the U of Calgary folks as well. Until next time.


Check out more on my Flickr set>>

Will update with more from others as they roll in.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The A-Team in Nelson

Communication Grads from the University of Calgary and SFU are descending upon Nelson for the Western Canadian Communication Graduate Conference (WCCGC) this weekend.

See the fun we had last year on flickr, not for the faint of heart.

Why Nelson? Because it's the closest most hospitable halfway point between the two universities. Tradition. Grad students in a big van. Fun.
Look out for new photos next week.