Well I finally got the copy from the library here at the University of Melbourne, the catalog says that they have two, but one has disappeared into the void that is the library already (along with Myers' The Nature of Computer Games, Gee's What Videogames Have To Teach Us About Learning and Literacy and a couple of others). So it looks really good, I saw a couple of chapters immediately that drew my attention, stuff about participatory culture and counterfactuals, as well as some interesting stuff from contributors like Turkle, Everett and Schliener. Its got a lot of stuff by Europeans, but only one that I see from the Copenhagen School. I'll start reading one chapter a day, that should last me until Xmas.
Also I have heard back from various people about the events in Sydney last weekend (IE & CSAA conferences). Greg Wadley mentioned that the IE was pretty good and that he and Martin Gibb are thinking of putting in a bid to host it in 2007.
Global gaming networks are heterogenous collectives of localized practices, not unified commercial products. Shifting the analysis of digital games to local specificities that build and perform the global and general, Gaming Rhythms employs ethnographic work conducted in Venezuela and Australia to account for the material experiences of actual game players.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
I suppose there are a few people out there who have read Homo Ludens. It one of those books that gets cited alot, but never really has an in depth discussion of his actual argument, apart from the usual cliches about play being a time and space of its own. He is a lot more famous for his work as a 'Cultural Historian', than his is for his work on games. However, I think his perspective on games and their relation to culture is important to the development of Game Studies. Escpecially in terms of countering some of the extremeness of Aarseths 'game is a game' position (see his discussion with Stuart Moulthrop in First Person).
Anyway I'm up late tonight giving Huizinga a close reading... ...lots of fun!
Posted by Tom at 9:35 pm
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Of Sins, Vices and Pecados: The Cultural Context of Videogame Play
Using a case study of Grand Theft Auto 3: Vice City this paper will examine the cultural context of videogame consumption in
It was promptly (and politely) declined, as the editor wished to focus on "essays that specifically addressed a Grand Theft Auto game from a defined theoretical perspective". I'm pretty sure he got about 1000 abstracts considering just about every paper at the PCA/ACA conference was on GTA. In fact theres a big scandal about the 'Hot Coffee' scences in Australia at the moment, thats got a special panel devouted to it at the IE in Sydney this weekend (that I couldn't go to - because no $$$). In fact I'm starting to the GTA can stand in for computer games as a whole... Grand Theft Auto Studies, sounds cool? I mean it's not like it's a lame game, but I'm kinda over it... ...I guess every academic is just studying what the kids are playing (it means they can watch them over their shoulder rather than playing them, themselves!!), and games like Grim Fandango are irrelevant and researching them could not possibly reveal anything about computer games.
Anyway I'm happy because it means I don't have to write it right now, although I'm working on something to do with GTA because I just got so much data about it on my fieldwork in Venezuela.
Posted by Tom at 5:26 pm
Place and Identity in Global Networks: a Cross-Cultural Examination of Gunbound
Gunbound is a free Internet-based computer game, that is made by the Korean company Softnyx, which is popular in many parts of the globe. Taking Gunbound as a case study, my research explores gaming as a global and transnational phenomena, in particular the flow of gaming products from the North to the South, and the new assemblages of networks that this flow allows. Using data gathered during ethnographic fieldwork in
Keywords: Identity, Transnational, Ethnography,
Posted by Tom at 5:17 pm
Well its been a long time since I've made a proper post here. I've been pretty busy since I cam back from Caracas at the end of July. Tutoring media futures at Melbourne Uni and lecturing Perspectives in Communication at Victoria Uni. I also made a number of guest lectures at Swinburne, Melbourne and Victoria Unis. And have presented three times various aspects of my data (all at in house forums unfortunately). At the same time I've been writing up my field work: expect to see something soon here on that, and working on some chapters and publications.
Posted by Tom at 5:00 pm
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