I woke up at 6 so I can take an early train to watch esports that is being played 1000s of kilometers away. All for work, of course.
Predatory journals Show more
Both researchers from elite universities that should know better and corporations peddling bullshit use fake journals to appear more legitimate.
> Taken together, the predatory publishers -- represent about 5 percent of the total research published every year.
Social media, politics Show more
When Zeynep Tufekci writes about the power of social media, you should pay attention: 👇
Her book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest is available freely online (link in the footer):
My review of that book is available here:
I think the idea that a new Mastodon user is supposed to pick an instance based on affinity/interest is the number one thing that prevents people from joining. I think there needs to be a retooling of the messaging to make it about trust.
People don't join email services because of affinity. They do because they trust. They trust Google will be around for a long time. Or that hushmail won't sell their data. Or that Hotmail is easy to use. Etc etc.
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I tried finding a preprint archive suitable for my work (like arXiv in physics).
I tried a couple and ended up with OSF, which seems great. They have different sub-categories for different areas of research and are run a by a non-profit on open source code.
You can get a copy from Routledge and the ebook is surprisingly reasonably priced: https://www.routledge.com/Role-Playing-Game-Studies-Transmedia-Foundations/Deterding-Zagal/p/book/9781138638907
The preprint of my chapter is available here: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201804061941 but it is embargoed until 2019-10-18. If you want a copy, you can always ask me.
I just witnessed a sublime reading of Wolfenstein: New Colossus, arguing that it's tone is not inconsistent, but needs to be understood through Bakhtin's carnivalesque. I had zero interest in the game before, but now I need to play it.
Tech company mention Show more
"If your academic work depends on a 3rd party tech company’s services, you risk ... violating research subject consent"
"Academics say Dropbox violated their privacy by sharing anonymized data with researchers"
If you enjoy replaying games or are interested in how replayability can be an interesting aspect of the game, you might like Save the Date, Oxenfree, Undertale or Nier:Automata.
If you're interested in paradoxes, you might enjoy the games Naya's Quest, Antichamber or Gorogoa.
Paolo Ruffino talked about games for the post-anthopocene: games that outlive us or that are not meant for humans. One example is No Man's Sky, which is -- because of it's procedural generation -- not possible for a human to experience in its entirity. Even the developers had to create bots to test the game because no human can check all the planets for flaws.
The purpose of philosophical discourse is to get your interlocutor to say the safeword: "See, this is why I hate philosophers."
Game studies conference, DiGRA 2018 Show more
Going to spend the rest of the week at Digital Games Research Association's annual conference, http://digra2018.com/. If you happen to be there, come say hi.
I have a talk on Friday, called "Interpretive Challenges in Games," where I argue that theories about challenge in games miss out on one category. I use Her Story as an example.
There might be some game studies toots coming later.
Lot's of hate against #signal again today. You should ask yourselves whether your purist attitude is worth risking the reasonably good solution we have at the moment.
I'd rather have signal than trying to convince my contacts to switch to some "better" solution that simply doesn't work well enough yet and have everyone default to #whatsapp again.