Video Game Culture and Theory

My online three-week course will start tomorrow morning. It will lean heavily on blogging, so chances are I’ll be a bit more productive than usual in that area. Video Game Culture and TheoryThis course isn’t about learning how to “win” a game, nor is it about programming or design. In fact, according to a recent study in the academic journal Games Studies,  “prior videogame experience often interferes with students’ abilities…

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Will Smart Phones Kill Netbooks? (No. They Won't.)

Thanks, John, for sending me this link. Smart phones are great. But I’m not going to blog on my Blackberry. Reading texts from my mom is easy, but I’d rather not read a New Yorker story she emails to me on a 1.5”-by-1.5” screen. The ability of smart phones to do pretty much everything doesn’t mean they obviate other tools — the same way owning a Swiss Army Knife doesn’t…