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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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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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Our Brain Online: Four Research-Based Articles Annotated

I’m teaching a new (for me) course next semester called “Technology, Values and Society.” It’s been in the catalog for some time, which may be why the description doesn’t mention digital technology as transformative. But that’s the approach I’m taking, … 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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A few words about gun violence and video games

I’m not writing to defend violent video games like Call to Duty and Grand Theft Auto. I’ve never played them, so I can’t speak for or against them. But I do agree that games that engage players in egregious violence … 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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