Category: Academic

Stizzate of Plizzay 6

After nearly two hundred days of radio silence, I return to jot down a few words. Last week Dan Hunter asked me to run a grad student workshop at State of Play 6, which will be held this June at the New York Law School. A lot of familiar faces will no doubt make an acte de presence, not in the least the members of the meme that is Terra Nova. — read on

Imagining the Real World through Mods, Maps and Message Boards

The graph that is part of the paper I submitted to IADIS '08 is after the jump. — read on

Wordle Helping Out

Having reached the threshold of 1,250 coded .txt files, I'm getting excited about the imminent analysis. Particularly the host of wow-inducing applets strewn around teh Interwebs look promising.  — read on

Noun-Phrase Analysis. Huh?

As I'm building the theoretical framework for my methodology, I'm going over some worthwhile texts that look at data mining online communities. In other words, how do we, as social scientists, make use of all that 'stuff' that's going on online? One elementary text is "A Noun Phrase Analysis Tool for Mining Online Community Conversations," by the mouthful Haythronthwaite and Gruzd (H&G). — read on

DiGRA NY approved

It's done. Today I received the e-mail from Tanya Krzywink saying it's a go. I'm looking fwd to the first panel this fall. Official press release after the jump. — read on

User-Created Maps (prelim data)

According to data from my dissertation research, user-created content (maps) extends a title's shelf life by approximately two years before it sharply declines. A subsequent release of a new installment reinvigorates the franchise. What follows is a brief summary of some preliminary numbers. One of the happy observations that both academics and analysts like to make is that user-created content for a video game extends the title's shelf life. But not nearly often enough is this accompanied by any type of empirically derived argument. Enter data. — read on

DiGRA NY (pending)

At the G4C festival last week I realized how many people we have here in NYC that do one thing or another with games. So, just now I sent off a proposal to start up DiGRA NY. — read on

Serious Games: Prelude

As part of my preparation for the imminent Games for Change festival here in NYC, I've compiled a list of serious games. — read on

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