Video Game Studies, Digital Cultures, RPG/LARP, & Fandom Roundup #3

Here is another list of various links that I have come across in the past few months (see previous Roundups here: http://www.edmondchang.com/2016/08/20/video-game-studies-digital-cultures-fandom-roundup-2/ and here: http://www.edmondchang.com/2016/02/13/video-game-studies-and-digital-cultures-roundup-1/):

Video Games / Digital Cultures

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Game – 30th Anniversary Edition
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition

Why the CIA Uses Board Games to Train Its Officers
http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/13/technology/cia-board-games-training/index.html

This Isn’t An Operating System, It’s An RPG
http://kotaku.com/this-rpg-is-based-on-an-operating-system-1793059177

How Millions of Kids are being Shaped by Know-It-All Voice Assistants
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/how-millions-of-kids-are-being-shaped-by-know-it-all-voice-assistants/2017/03/01/c0a644c4-ef1c-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html

Video Games Aren’t Entertainment, They’re How I Go Outside
http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/24/14713366/video-games-agoraphobia-phobias-mental-health

Meet President Obama’s Former Video Game Guru, Now Helping Shape Seattle’s Tech Education Efforts
http://www.geekwire.com/2017/meet-president-obamas-former-video-game-guru-now-helping-shape-seattles-tech-education-efforts/

In ‘Walden’ Video Game, the Challenge Is Stillness
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/arts/henry-david-thoreau-video-game.html

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames
http://news.ucsc.edu/2017/02/game-space.html

How a Video Game Chat Client Became the Web’s New Cesspool of Abuse
http://gizmodo.com/how-a-video-game-chat-client-became-the-web-s-new-cessp-1792039566

Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts
https://www.wsj.com/articles/disney-severs-ties-with-youtube-star-pewdiepie-after-anti-semitic-posts-1487034533YouTube Cancels Pewdiepie’s Show, Removes Him From Premium Advertising
http://kotaku.com/youtube-cancels-pewdiepies-show-removes-him-from-premi-1792339668

How Lego Built a Social Network for Kids That’s Not Creepy
https://www.wired.com/2017/01/lego-life-social-network-kids/

FBI releases declassified #GamerGate dossier

Francis Ford Coppola Announces Apocalypse Now Video Game
http://kotaku.com/francis-ford-coppola-announces-apocalypse-now-video-gam-1791616014

A new videogame about piecing together drunken memories

Game Your Brain to Treat Depression, Studies Suggest
http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/story/studies-suggest-gaming-your-brain-treat-depression

UW Bothell Video-Game Programming Lab Prepares Grads for Even Non-Computer Jobs
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/uw-bothell-video-game-lab-helps-new-grads-on-nongeek-paths/

Final Fantasy XIV Players Create Their Own In-Game Theater Troupe
http://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xiv-players-created-their-own-in-game-the-1790562475

This Doctor Just Destroyed Anti-Gaming Myths And It’s Beautiful To Behold
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/12/this-doctor-just-destroyed-anti-gamers-and-its-beautiful-to-behold/

Let’s Get Digital
https://www.1843magazine.com/design/the-daily/lets-get-digital

UC Santa Cruz Now Offering Graduate Degrees in Computational Media
http://news.ucsc.edu/2016/11/computational-media.html

VR Developers Add ‘Superpower’ To Their Game To Fight Harassment
http://kotaku.com/vr-developers-add-personal-bubble-to-their-game-to-fi-1788237241

Why It’s So Hard To Make A Video Game
https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/why-its-so-hard-to-make-a-video-game

Video Game Voice, Stunt and Motion Actors Go on Strike in US Over Pay
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37721223/video-game-voice-stunt-and-motion-actors-go-on-strike-in-us-over-pay

Video Games at School
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20160922/lead-story/video-games-school

No Winners or Losers: How Games Misrepresent Ecologies
http://www.zam.com/article/956/no-winners-or-losers-how-games-misrepresent-ecologies

Games of Color

Black Skin Is Still A Radical Concept in Video Games
https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/black-skin-is-still-a-radical-concept-in-video-games

What We Talk About, When We Don’t Talk About Natives
https://medium.com/@dialacina/what-we-talk-about-when-we-dont-talk-about-natives-60f4af9ef675

These Chicago Teens Are Creating Video Games That Address White Privilege And Racial Profiling
https://blavity.com/these-chicago-teens-are-creating-fun-socially-conscious-video-games

As a Muslim Video-Game Developer, I No Longer Feel the US is Open for Business
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jan/31/muslim-video-game-developer-us-trump

Detention is a Beautiful, Creepy Taiwanese Horror Adventure
http://www.pcgamer.com/detention-is-a-beautiful-creepy-taiwanese-horror-adventure/

Tanya DePass and Diversity in Gaming

The Video Game That Attempts to Preserve Native Alaskan Culture
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-video-game-that-attempts-to-preserve-native-alaskan-culture

Amid Isolation, 2 Cubans Develop Island’s First Video Game
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/01/04/504472169/amid-isolation-two-cubans-develop-islands-first-video-game

How One Video Game Unflinchingly Tackles Racism With History And Raw Interactions
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/01/03/506762046/how-one-video-game-unflinchingly-tackles-racism-with-history-and-raw-interaction

Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0253026474/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Gender / LGBT / Queer Games

As A Trans Woman, I’ve Seen Nerd Culture’s Misogyny From Both Sides
https://theestablishment.co/being-a-nerd-is-different-now-that-im-a-girl-5f9231389b09

Shovel Knight Rethinks Gender in Retro Games with Body Swap Mode
http://www.polygon.com/2017/2/28/14752908/shovel-knight-body-swap-gender

Not Your Exotic Fantasy – Tropes vs. Women in Video Games
https://feministfrequency.com/video/not-your-exotic-fantasy/

Playing With Conan Exiles’ NSFW Character Creation
http://kotaku.com/playing-with-conan-exiles-nsfw-character-creation-1791820986

Queer Game Studies
https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/queer-game-studies

Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0253026474/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Burly Men at Sea -An Interactive Fairy-Tale with a Wonderful Sense of Adventure
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gaming/what-to-play/burly-men-at-sea–an-interactive-fairy-tale-with-a-wonderful-sen/

Pokemon Go, Queer Spaces, and Queer Contact
http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2016/10/15/pokemon-go-queer-spaces-and-queer-contact

RPG / LARP

Immersion into LARP

History, Herstory and Theirstory: Representation of Gender and Class in Larps with a Historical Setting
https://nordiclarp.org/2017/02/16/history-herstory-and-theirstory-representation-of-gender-and-class-in-larps-with-a-historical-setting/

Play School: Live-Action Role-Playing in Danish Classrooms
https://www.ft.com/content/b334feae-f884-11e6-bd4e-68d53499ed71

These Medieval Armor Leggings Are Historically Accurate
http://fashionablygeek.com/pants-and-shorts/lorica-leggings/

Sue The T-Rex Is Running A D&D Game On Twitter & It Is Freaking Amazing
http://chicagoist.com/2017/03/07/sue_the_t-rex_is_running_a_dd_game.php

A Women-centric Dungeons & Dragons Group Fosters Friendships and Fun at the Downtown Library
http://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/culture/article/20850781/a-womencentric-dungeons-dragons-group-fosters-friendships-and-fun-at-the-downtown-library

Dogs Playing Poker Just Got Owned By Dogs Playing Dungeons & Dragons
http://io9.gizmodo.com/dogs-playing-poker-just-got-owned-by-dogs-playing-dunge-1658586844

Dragons in the Department of Corrections
https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/dragons-in-the-department-of-correctionshttp://www.tor.com/2015/04/27/why-minority-settings-in-rpgs-matter/

Five reasons LARP needs to get over the Stanford Prison Experiment

Nerd Culture / Fandom

Slaying the Patriarchy: Everything I Need to Know I Learned 20 Years Ago from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
http://www.salon.com/2017/03/11/slaying-the-patriarchy-everything-i-need-to-know-i-learned-20-years-ago-from-buffy-the-vampire-slayer/

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a Feminist Parable for Everyone – Including Me
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/10/20-buffy-vampire-slayer-feminist

‘The Body’: The Radical Empathy of Buffy’s Best Episode
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/03/the-body-the-radical-empathy-of-buffys-best-episode/519051/

20 Years of Buffy: Love Letters to the Vampire Slayer: The Joy of Female Power
https://bitchmedia.org/article/20-years-buffy-letters-vampire-slayer/joy-female-power

A Buffy Family Tree: ‘Bones’ and Demons and Rabid Fans
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/arts/television/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-20-year-anniversary.html

‘Cosmic Slop’ – HBO’s Bizarre, Thought-Provoking Film That Seems to Have Been Forgotten

Twenty Questions with Ursula K. Le Guin

Yona Harvey: First Black Woman to pen ‘Storm’ for Marvel

America Chavez, Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero, is definitely pro-punching Nazis

White Men Playing With Sticks: Iron Fist, Martial Arts and Respect

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/fashion/mens-style/ta-nehisi-coates-marvel-comics-black-panther-between-the-world-and-me.html

N.K. Jemisin Takes Fantasy And Sci-fi Beyond Hobbits, Aliens And White People
https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/nk-jemisin-takes-fantasy-and-scifi-beyond-hobbits-aliens-and-white-people/710fc878-68c4-4659-9254-84f0c7edbca1

New Episode of Animated Afrofuturism Series Shines Light on Star Trek’s Lt. Nyota Uhura
http://www.okayplayer.com/news/new-episode-of-animated-afrofuturism-series-explores-star-treks-lt-uhura.html

Muslim superhero Ms. Marvel emerges as a powerful symbol during protests

Rogue One Subverts Asian Male Stereotypes — and That’s Important
https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2017/01/23/rogue-one-subverts-asian-male-stereotypes-and-thats-important/

A Fight Over The Hobbit Inspired Marlon James To Create an Epic African Fantasy Trilogy
http://geekandsundry.com/a-fight-over-the-hobbit-inspired-marlon-james-to-create-an-epic-african-fantasy-trilogy/

There’s a Reality Show Casting Internet Trolls Sick of ‘Fake Gamer Girls’
https://www.destructoid.com/there-s-a-reality-show-casting-internet-trolls-sick-of-fake-gamer-girls–410491.phtml

‘Nerdsploitation’ Is Not a Thing. There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Nerd
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/28/nerdsploitation-is-not-a-thing-theres-never-been-a-better-time-to-be-a-nerd

As A Fat, Black Woman, Cosplay Has Tried To Make Me Invisible
http://talynnkel.com/blog/2016/12/22/as-a-fat-black-woman-cosplay-has-tried-to-make-me-invisible

She-Ra and the Fight Against the Token Girl
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/06/she-ra-the-female-centric-80s-kids-show/487145/

https://watchtheyard.com/zetas/black-sorority-d9-blerd-black-nerd-movement/

Women Who Love ‘Star Trek’ Are the Reason that Modern Fandom Exists
http://www.revelist.com/tv/star-trek-fandom-50th/4643

Dear JK Rowling: We’re Still Here
http://nativesinamerica.com/2016/07/dear-jk-rowling-were-still-here/

http://thecuriousviolet.tumblr.com/post/151857929617/ongoing-cultural-appropriation-masterpost

 

 

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