Category Archives: Academic

The end of an unofficial hiatus

Anyone who pays some attention to this blog will have noticed that I haven’t posted anything on it for a long time. The reason for this is that I’ve been working on my master’s thesis (in cultural anthropology), and the … Continue reading

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Playing(?) Games

Today I read an older article (compared to what one usually reads when researching internet-based phenomena) called ‘Ends, Means and Galumphing: Some Leitmotifs of Play.’ The author, Stephen Miller, focuses on how we recognize play in animals and other humans, … Continue reading

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When are we having ‘fun’?

I want to talk about this week’s Extra Credits episode, and since I don’t really want to set up shop on their forums just for this, I thought I’d do it here. The episode is called ‘Beyond Fun’, and it … Continue reading

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It must be hard to be a male gamer

I was directed today towards a post from one Erin Kissane called ‘How to Kill a Troll‘. It’s a good piece, which takes its starting point from the awful drama around Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter project and the hate she recieved … Continue reading

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Guild Wars 2 is the answer to all your prayers!

It’s possible that I am a little prone to hyperbole when it comes to Guild Wars 2. I might have a tendency to insist that it will answer the demands and desires of everyone – PvPer, PvEers, hardcores and casuals, … Continue reading

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People Who Suit MMOs

As part of the background reading for my thesis, I recently read Richard Bartle’s ‘Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: People Who Suit MUDs.’ It’s something of a classic in game design, and I’d heard his terminology before (often on Kill Ten … Continue reading

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