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Players Unleashed! Modding The Sims and the Culture of Gaming

I’m looking for a current book that presents gaming theory at a level appropriate for a 200-level undergraduate course.  I have only scanned through the section of Tanja Sihvonen’s work, Players Unleashed! Modding <i>The Sims</i> and the Culture of Gaming (PDF), that deals with Colossal Cave Adventure. I’m not too happy with what I found there, since it seems I disagree with a Wikipedia article. (See footnote 251.)Yes, it is…

Stan Lee: 'I have no idea how games are made – it's a miracle'

Interview with Stan Lee (comic guru, creator of Spider-Man) If you were starting out now, do you think you would have started out in games rather than comics?If I were young now and I wanted to do stories, I would very much want to get into the videogame business because it’s the most exciting. Videogames and movies are the most exciting forms of entertainment. But a videogame in a way…

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Hobbit 419

Dear MR BAGGINS, Fellow Conspirator, I am Thorin Oakenshield, descendant of Thrain the Old and grandson of Thror who was King under the Mountain. I am writing you to discuss our plans, our ways, means, policy and devices for rescuing our treasure from the dragon Smaug. — Stephen Granade riffs on the Nigerian e-mail scam (see 419 Eater).

Punctuation errors can cost jobs, money, esteem

It’s a safe bet none of the world leaders meeting Thursday for the first day of the G-20 summit are aware that it’s also National Punctuation Day. Rubin founded it in 2004 after he got fed up with seeing misplaced apostrophes and other transgressions by people who should know better — newspaper reporters and editors, book publishers and billboard advertisers. “No one cares,” he says. “That’s my pet peeve, that…

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Katie and Diane: The Wrong Questions

Katie Couric’s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one. NPR has seventeen foreign bureaus (which costs it another $9.4 million a year); CBS has twelve. Few figures, I think, better capture the…

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The Happiness Gap (the spread of a minsinterpretation meme)

I am not too happy about the way wild conclusions drawn from this self-published research periodically pop up in the media. Kudos to Liberman, from Language Log, who tries (yet again) to explain. The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness The best way to describe this, I think, would be to say something like: In the early 70s, women self-reported their happiness at levels somewhat higher than men did. Specifically, 5.1%…