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Crouch, Aim, Shoot: The Game Mechanics We Take For Granted

To clarify, I’m not implying that some mechanics are more appreciated than others (although this might certainly be the case). What I’m trying to say is that we use “mechanics” (such as crouching, aiming, and shooting) without really understanding what … Continue reading

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What Playing The Sims Can Teach Us About Ourselves

Games can be considered procedural models in the sense that they are a series of representational objects governed by a set of rules (thank you, Ian). Ok, hold that thought. In my humble opinion, humans understand (just about) everything by … Continue reading

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Game Design + Game Studies= Profit1!!

“We can reflect upon games by making them. Experimental games are a powerful tool for thinking about and communicating ideas about games.” – Chaim Gimgold. This quote reflects Gimgold’s conclusion on his review of Nintendo’s WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$. What … Continue reading

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(Video) Game (Music) Studies: I am excite!

So the latest article I’ve come across in my quest to know all about game studies was actually about an academic approach to videogame music. :0 (le gasp) This rocks hardcore for a number of reasons. For one, videogame music … Continue reading

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Conceptualizing Play and Game: Hardcore

I’ve actually discussed the intricacies of defining play and game before, most notably in my post on the magic circle, but I came across and article that really tries to flesh out “the logico-formalistic configurations that as such act as … Continue reading

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Recommend/ Review: Perspectives of Computer Game Philology

Don’t be discouraged by the somewhat bland title, reader. The article I’m about to recommend/review is quite compelling. First of all, the author attempts to diffuse some of the problems and accusations that come with multidisciplinary approaches to game studies, … Continue reading

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Review (or suggestion) of “Lara Croft: Feminist Icon or Cyberbimbo?”

So, I read this awesome article on possible feminists readings of Lara Croft. I’m always reading articles on videogames, and this one really stood out to me, so I highly recommend it. This article takes an exploratory approach to the … Continue reading

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