Category Archives: Virtual Life

War Begins Within (or Pandaria Nostalgia)

A conversation with guildmates turned nostalgic a few months ago. We were stalking rare monsters in the Zorammarsh, a gloomy swamp in Draenor’s Tanaan Jungle. The planet Draenor is the setting of World of Warcraft’s most recent expansion and is, … Continue reading

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Ten Video Gamer Charities: We Care!

I had an awesome World of Warcraft experience last Saturday, with about 1000 other pink-haired gnomes. We ran all the way from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay then took a ship to Ratchet and ran to the enemy Horde city of … 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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“Night Predators” and Minecraft

During our philosophy seminar this week, we were talking about John Locke’s theory that at birth the human mind is like a blank slate (tabula rasa) upon which sensory experience writes when the issue of fear of the dark arose. … Continue reading

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Six Ways Minecraft Structures My Learning

The first assignment in the “Video Games and Learning” MOOC (now in week two) was to reflect on ways that a digital game of choice structures learning, ideally a game one has never played before. As you can see, I … Continue reading

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Flourishing in the Magic Circle: Notes for an Ethics of Games, Part 2

Cyberspace abounds with opposing views on the personal and social values of video games. The range extends from “a total waste of time” to “can make us better and change the world.” As a gamer, I tend toward the positive, … 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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