December 2007

Came across this pretty recently. It kind of reminded me of when Jeff showed us examples of unintended forms of play within games. Yes, wii remotes were intended to be used how this guy is using them physically, but I don’t believe the creators intended them to be reprogrammed to interact with a software program…

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I just remembered that I wanted to post the link to that book Among the Thugs I mentioned in the lecture about complex systems.  It’s an interesting read of first-hand experience with crowds and violence and mob mentality kind of stuff.  Plus, it’s all about hooligans, and who doesn’t love that cuddly bunch?

Hey Chief- This is a friendly reminder to post your lecture notes (such as they are) to oncourse so we may profit from your hours of preparation and hard work.  Excluding any blood sweat and tears is appreciated.

I read an interesting article on Slashdot today: Academic Games Are No Fun. Apparently, well into a $250K MacArthur grant, the IU Telecommunications Department-based creators of the MMO “serious game” Arden, The World of Shakespeare, have learned that (1) a game needs to be a game, and (2) games need to be fun. I can’t…

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Paper Stuff UP TO 10 pages. You can be successful with 6+. Style of your argument influences the structure of your paper. Not looking for a specific kind of argument, just a coherent structured one with original thinking in a very expansive sense. Research vs. Design Must have absolute clarity in your argument and thesis…

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http://mobilecrunch.com/2007/12/03/you-will-control-25-of-entertainment-by-2012/ <snip> Nokia’s latest study, ‘A Glimpse of the Next Episode’, predicts that within five years a quarter of all entertainment will be created, edited and shared within peer groups rather than coming out of traditional media groups. Trend-setting consumers from 17 countries were asked about their digital behaviors and lifestyles. Nokia also used information…

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