CFP/Scholarship Application: Foundations of Digital Games '09

I spoke to Professor Jim Whitehead of UC Santa Cruz yesterday, and at the end of our conversation he brought up the 2009 Foundations of Digital Games conference. FDG will run from 26 - 30 April, 2009, and takes place on a cruise ship » 11/22/08 12:30pm 11/22/08 12:30pm. In addition to the typical (due 19 December), the organizing committee is offering…

'The Video Games and Human Values Initiative' Unveiled

Jim Reilly forwarded news of the UConn interdisciplinary and interinstitutional initiative called The Video Games and Human Values Initiative » 11/15/08 3:30pm 11/15/08 3:30pm, and I noted it on the Brainy Gamer blog as well. Spearheaded by the occasionally baffling Roger Travis, professor of classics at the University of Connecticut, it's a pretty…

'Whose IP Is It, Anyway?': College Controversy

Recently, some controversy has popped up regarding who owns the IP of student-created work; recent events with the award-winning creation of some graduates of DigiPen Institute of Technology have highlighted the problematic nature of what is somewhat par for the course in design programs. On the one hand, while I can… » 11/15/08 1:30pm 11/15/08 1:30pm

CFP: 'Thinking after Dark: Welcome to the World of Horror Video Games'

Totally out of my academic purview, but it's a really neat sounding conference: The research group Ludiciné (University of Montreal), the Research Group on the Creation and Formation of Cinematographic and Theatrical Institutions (GRAFICS) (also from the University of Montreal) and the NT2 Laboratory on Hypermedia… » 11/08/08 2:30pm 11/08/08 2:30pm

'Educational' Meets 'Fun': Tangential Learning

I sort of hope the Zero Punctuation knock-off dies a quick death, but reader Nathan M. sent us this video, which is based off an article by designer James Portnow » 9/14/08 12:30pm 9/14/08 12:30pm. There's nothing ground breaking here — the idea that educational games simply try too hard, while regular 'fun' titles can learning without having to…

'Debunking the Stereotypical Gamer Profile'

Via Terra Nova comes word that a new series of academic articles centered around Everquest II » 9/06/08 1:00pm 9/06/08 1:00pm has just kicked off, starting with an article on 'who plays, how much, and why' (with a couple of 'oddball' gems scattered throughout the data). The results weren't always what researchers — or the general public — would…