Pokémon Go, new study
A paper we've been working for a while is out:
"Exploring Features of the Pervasive Game Pokémon GO That Enable Behavior Change: Qualitative Study"
We studied how different game features were tied to changes in people's reported behavior. Takeway:
"The respondents reported being more social, expressed more positive emotions, found more meaningfulness in their routines, and had increased motivation to explore their surroundings."
game studies presentation
We're having our project's seminar today and this means starting the day with sandwiches while listening to a keynote about food in Dwarf Fortress. #GameStudies
Hiring, doctoral studies
Our institution is hiring doctoral students in humanities and social sciences. It's not listed as focus area for the whole university, but our department is also part of the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies, so #GameStudies is also well represented.
Game citations in game studies
Jonathan Frome and Paul Martin looked through Game studies & Games and Culture and found that:
• 89% cite games
• Most cited games were: World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto, Chess (top 3 in order)
Book chapter, game studies, philosophy
My book chapter “Playing the Nonhuman – Alien Experiences in Aliens vs. Predator” is now available from Taylor & Francis. If you just want to read the chapter, you can find it on my website.
Game studies, RPG studies
We've published most of the author's copies for the role-playing game studies book "Role-Playing Game Studies: Transmedia Foundations." Take a look at this list, if you're interested:
I think games are better at expressing some things than other media. I list some examples, but I probably missed others, so please tell me what I missed.
My article "How to Define Games and Why We Need to" is now available from The Computer Games Journal. Struggling with game definitions? Try if this helps.
cfp, celebrities, gaming, game studies
Studying people in games?
"Celebrities of Gaming" is a conference organised November 21-22, 2019 at the university of Jyväskylä, Finland. You can find the CFP from the link:
A board game cancelled after criticism of its portrayal of colonialism.
I wrote a bit about how humanities approches tend to mystify how computers work.
game studies, article publication
Post-doc at JYU & CoeGameCult. Specialized in philosophy, game studies and digital culture.
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