EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Video Card Upgrade, Incredible Graphics in Games and Simulations

When I built my desktop PC last year, I opted for a low-end video card, because my graphics requirements were modest and it helped keep the cost of computer parts down. Since then, I’ve wanted to experience a better visual experience on my computer in games and graphics simulations, meaning more detail and effects, andContinue reading “EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Video Card Upgrade, Incredible Graphics in Games and Simulations”

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”

Retrocomputing Lab Page Launch

Over the weekend, I launched a new page under the “Research” menu on DynamicSubspace.net for my Retrocomputing Lab. I use the Retrocomputing Lab’s hardware and software resources in my continuing research on human-computer interaction, human-computer experiences, and human-computer co-influence. So far, its primary focus is on the shift from the pre-Internet, early-1990s to the post-Internet,Continue reading “Retrocomputing Lab Page Launch”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Final Paper Topics Were On a Broad Spectrum of SF Media

I just finished grading my students’ final paper projects. Their task was to use several definitions of SF from a list that I had prepared for them (or others that they found on their own and properly cited) to evaluate whether a work that we had not discussed in class was SF or not. ThroughContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Final Paper Topics Were On a Broad Spectrum of SF Media”

Godspeed, Gary Stephen Thompson (1945-2012)

Scanning from left to right in the adjacent picture from Christmastime 2008, you will see Bob Rainey, Mark Warbington, Paul Talamas, Gary Thompson, and me. This was the last time that I saw my friend Gary jovial and excited with life. On my way home to visit my family that year, I stopped through AtlantaContinue reading “Godspeed, Gary Stephen Thompson (1945-2012)”

The Postnational Fantasy Reviewed in SFRA Review 298

The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction, a collection of essays that I co-edited with my friends and colleagues Masood Raja and Swaralipi Nandi, received its first review in the SFRA Review 298 by Rikk Mulligan available online here. About the book, Mulligan writes, “As part of McFarland’s series of critical explorationsContinue reading “The Postnational Fantasy Reviewed in SFRA Review 298”

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”

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”