An Entreaty to Gamergate: Giving Ourselves Permission to Change for an Inclusive Video Game Culture

Originally, I wrote a draft of this essay last year for a special roundtable on important issues in “play and competition” for the journal NANO: New American Notes Online. However, I wanted to send these thoughts into the world as soon as possible—especially in light of tonight’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode based onContinue reading “An Entreaty to Gamergate: Giving Ourselves Permission to Change for an Inclusive Video Game Culture”

Second Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab: Power Macintosh 8500

When I met with Georgia Tech Library Archives’ Department Head Jody Lloyd Thompson and Digital Collections Archivist Wendy Hagenmaier to donate three vintage computers (a Dell Dimension 4100, Apple Performa 550, and Apple iMac) and other computing hardware a week and a half ago, I noticed that they had room for one more computer, so I pitchedContinue reading “Second Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab: Power Macintosh 8500”

Square Enix Games Are On Sale in the Apple App Store

Most Square Enix games in the Apple App Store for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch are on sale including Final Fantasy I, II, and III, Secret of Mana, and others: End of year holidays campaign now running! Square Enix games at 25-67% off for 2 weeks only! Limited Period FINAL FANTASYContinue reading “Square Enix Games Are On Sale in the Apple App Store”

Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG Closes for Good

PC Gamer offers a touching insider’s view and sendoff for Star Wars Galaxies here. Now that the license between Sony and Lucasarts has ended, Star Wars Galaxies has ceased to be. Next week, Star Wars: The Old Republic will launch (pre-orders should already have access to the virtual world); it is co-developed by Bioware, EA,Continue reading “Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG Closes for Good”

J. Haniver’s Not In the Kitchen Anymore is a Woman’s POV on Misogynistic Gamer Socialization

I tuned into J. Haniver’s Not in the Kitchen Anymore (NITKA) after it got mentioned on Kotaku. NITKA is an extension of an earlier art project by Haniver, “a 23 year old female gamer, who specializes in first person shooters (specifically, Call of Duty).” She records conversations of (male) gamers who take issue with female gamers,Continue reading “J. Haniver’s Not In the Kitchen Anymore is a Woman’s POV on Misogynistic Gamer Socialization”

Good Report on Blizzcon, Focus on Blizzard Fans in The New York Times

Y and I entered every sweepstakes that we could to win Blizzcon tickets this year, but we unfortunately struck out again. One day, I would very much like to go to Blizzard Entertainment’s annual convention for fans of its video game series including Star Craft, Diablo, and Warcraft, because I am a big fan (albeitContinue reading “Good Report on Blizzcon, Focus on Blizzard Fans in The New York Times”