Category Archives: Books & Articles

Info and commentary on peer-reviewed scholarly publications pertaining to games: game studies, game theory, media studies, ludology, etc.

Artists Re:Thinking Games

This publication looks at how a selection of leading artists, designers and commentators have challenged the norms and expectations of both game and art worlds with both criticality and popular appeal. It explores themes adopted by the artist that thinks and rethinks games and includes essays, interviews and artists’ projects from Jeremy Bailey, Ruth Catlow, Heather Corcoran, Daphne Dragona, Mary Flanagan, Mathius Fuchs, Alex Galloway, Marc Garrett, Corrado Morgana, Anne-Marie Schleiner, David Surman, Tale of Tales, Bill Viola, and Emma Westecott. Continue reading

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Chimerical Avatars and Other Identity Experiments from Prof. Fox Harrell

Chimerical Avatars and Other Identity Experiments from Prof. Fox Harrell Elisabeth Soep at 2:45 PM April 19, 2010 After spending his youth happily playing computer and table-top role-playing games as pale-grey-skinned elves with long, straight, silver hair (usually over one … Continue reading

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“Grand Thefts” and Video Game Addiction

Just as my class was talking about video game addiction, this essay by Tom Bissell appeared in excerpt in a recent issue of The Week magazine and is an essay in Tinhouse (and is part of a larger booklength project … Continue reading

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Article: A Day with the Score-Oriented: Rock Band Tournament Play

A Day with the Score-Oriented: Rock Band Tournament Play by Kiri Miller / Brown University @ FlowTV <http://flowtv.org/?p=4288>

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Free Book!

Well-Played 1.0 is a collection of 22 essays, each a close reading of ONE video game. Even as game studies grows, single-title criticism, which has a long tradition in literary studies, is pretty uncommon. Generally people write on “games” or “gaming”, individual games being not significant enough to warrant sustained attention. This is starting to change; World of Warcraft seems like it is taking on its own ecology of criticism, for example. But, single-title criticism is important because it confers a degree of legitimacy to both the media and the scholarship. Continue reading

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