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Serious Games Summit DC 2005 Blogging

Serious Games Summit DC 2005 Blogging (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Here’s my schedule for the first day of the Serious Games Summit, which starts in a few minutes here in Arlington, Va., a suburb of Washington D.C. I do enjoy the mixture of commercial, government, educational and indie content, but the biggest draw is probably the dollars at stake to be extracted from government agencies for military training. I’ll check out the…

Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law

People are investing major chunks of disposable income and (astonishingly, in a flat-out work-obsessed society where no one has time) untold hours in modding. It’s one of the fastest up-and-coming social trends in the United States. And modding has already tumbled head-on into a legal snake pit. —Andy Oram —Control Freaks: Modding and the Clash with Law (oreilley.net) Modding is the practice of making and sharing new content for existing commercial…

Between Stories and Games

Since we currently cannot make games of sufficient (accessible) complexity to rival the heights of our best storytelling, we perhaps should focus on the other side of the equation. Games produce play and implicit narrative: we can look at ways of making those implicit narrative situations tie into an explicit narrative, thus deepening the sense of involvement (and the mimicry) of a game, and (crucially) of building dynamic explicit narratives…

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Beyond 'Flinch and Twitch' Games

On Oct. 31, the Serious Games Summit gets underway in Washington D.C. Its sole focus: To bring together the computer gaming industry with other experts from various fields for more than just a good time. —Beyond ‘Flinch and Twitch’ Games (Cybershake) Thanks to some (partial) funding from SHU, I’ll be going to this event. My students were crushed when I told them I was cancelling most of my classes Monday and…

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Student Sanctioned For Comments On Homosexuality

A complaint was filed against Miner because he used the word “subhuman” when writing about gay people. The university’s Judicial Affairs panel found that those remarks violated the school’s university code of conduct. […] As punishment, Duquesne University made Miner take the offending blog off his online profile. We checked that profile and the blog is gone, but Miner is also supposed to write a 10-page paper on homosexuality in…