Category Archives: Books

Three Fun Reads by and about Gamers: Recommended

Today on another blog I published a post called “Three Fun Reads by and about Gamers.” In it I review Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on … Continue reading

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The I Ching and the Pandaren Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 7

In most starting zones I’ve leveled alone. Not so on Wandering Isle. A new pandaren avatar soon has two companions, a female and male pandaren. In fact, the storyline’s abiding theme is collaboration based on the complementarity of opposite perspectives, … Continue reading

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Why Virtual Worlds, why not Earth? – Four Reasons from Edward Castronova

Happy people, those actively and successfully pursuing their goals, generally don’t ask “what’s the meaning of life?” or “why am I doing this and not that?” They’ve taken paths that suit them, are satisfied with their progress, and enjoy what … Continue reading

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Flourishing Toons: Notes for an Ethics of Games, Part 1

“Thursday, that’s not possible!” “Anything is possible right now. We’re in the middle of an isolated high-coincidental localized entropic field decreasement.” “We’re in what?” “We’re in a pseudoscientific technobabble.” “Ah!” replied Wilbur, having witnessed quite a few at Mycrotech Developments. … Continue reading

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How World of Warcraft and Other Games Can “Fix” Reality

I’ve submitted another ticket to Blizzard. Things just haven’t been right for me in World of Warcraft (WoW) since I downloaded the 5.0.4 patch to prepare for the launch of Mists of Pandaria. Rather than burden you with my WoW … Continue reading

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Virtual Identities & Video Games

Learning involves taking on and playing with identities in such a way that the learner has real choices (in developing the virtual identity) and ample opportunity to meditate* on the relationship between new identities and old ones. —James Paul Gee … Continue reading

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Dark Tales with Life Lessons: A WoW Reflection

As my experience in World of Warcraft (WoW) grows, my admiration for it deepens. I continue to reflect on why I find this game so engaging and to wonder how its immersive features can be translated into academic teaching and … Continue reading

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Libya in Second Life® and in a Fictional Memoir

Blogger Justin Bomberowitz, like so many others, credits such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube with contributing to the success of the people’s uprisings against oppressive governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya. That he doesn’t mention virtual … Continue reading

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Palestinian Memoir and Palestine in Second Life®

Recently I’ve spent the greater part of my inworld time attending classes and completing lab activities for the Sloan Consortium workshop “Intermediate Second Life for Educators.” In it I acquired such pedagogical skills as how to teleport a class to … Continue reading

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