6/9/08 04:43 pm - Under the Mask...
Anyway, here are some links to Things I Saw There That Were Cool:
The Passively Multi-player Onling Game - which looks kind of interesting and I'd like to play, but apparently slows Firefox down a lot, and my laptop is already stuggling to make sense of the world.
Chore Wars - An equally hilarious game concept, where you assign XP-amounts to chores in your life, and then compete with your workmates/housemates/etc to level.
Hide and Seek Festival - Games festival at the Southbank at the end of June. Which sounds terribly terribly cool. You have to read this page very cynically to not be attracted to it, I think. Although it was nice to see Tanya Krzywinska, who's a v cool elder screen-media researcher glaring powerully at the playful and stripey guy who presented about this, because he was From Industry. Her angsty behaviour was one of my favourite things about the day.
Wonderland - Gamer blog that includes lot of funky game-related craft stuff. Not that I would be interested in anything like that, obv.
DiGRA - The Digital Games Researcher Association, which ran a conference in Japan this year that all the cool kids went to. The site archives all the papers from their conferences and other things. Which is a lot.
Gumbaby.com - Blog of a woman doing work that might cross-cut with mine somewhere, about people leaving innapropriate messages online. Apparently these are overwhelmingly women, and relate to not understanding how the site they are on works. Or usability/design issues... but I don't really care about those.
Women in Games conference - A conference that maybe I should think about going to. It's one of those fusion academic and developer things, that you seem to get a lot of in games research and I guess is why there seems to be so much money flying about. Doesn't seem to be a niche where I could submit a paper, probably the only thing I could think to do would be something about barriers from the embodied side to women playing. But I could probably learn a lot of stuff about the relations women have to gaming and by extension computers and online stuff. Or, more accurately, I could learn a lot about how people are approaching those questions and what the popular sets of assumptions are. Which is the kind of thing I learn most days...
Ludica - Women and games research group. Something about searching for possibilities.
8-bit Flickr pool - And finally, some nice pictures.
The big question I have to ask about whether I want to do anything Game Studies, is do I want to hang around with a bunch of geeks forever, painting myself as an outsider because I can't keep up with how many games they play? And, similarly, how much crappy stuff gets written because of the sheer, ridiculous, volume of it.