Tag: games studies

GDC 2008: Two Sessions Highlighted

There were a couple of sessions that I really enjoyed at the Game Developers Conference this year. The first was “Game Studies Download 3.0“. The Game Studies Download first appeared at GDC 2006, which was the first GDC I attended. I’m quite interested in the various fields of game studies, having dabbled in it (read: dissertation research) during my Master’s…

Game School Newbie

Iris Gaming Network co-founder, Cerise Magazine co-creator, and creator of the Shrub.com blog, Andrea Rubenstein, embarks on an exciting new adventure: game design school. Not only is she studying game design, but she’s also studying game design in Japan, at a well-regarded Japanese school (HAL), in the Japanese language. Usually when one starts telling a story, one begins at the…

Game School Dropout

In an article on GameCareerGuide.com, Lisa Laughy elaborates on the state of game design education, why she decided to drop out, and why current structures may aid in the stagnation of industry innovation: My complaints aren’t so much with the school I attended as they are with the way the industry has influenced the specifics of that program. It’s not…

Culture Clash: Academics Anonymous

This month, Matt Sakey writes about the role of the games academic and why scholars are important to the industry: The fact of the matter is that contemplative navel-gazing has led to some pretty amazing advancements in a wide selection of disciplines, which is exactly why pure scholarship exists. Simple experimentation, research and study often gives rise to discovery. If…

Things to Get Me for Festivus

Not video games! Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds by Jesper Juul Smartbomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution by Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson I’ll end up buying these books for myself,…