Video Game Studies, Digital Cultures, RPG/LARP, & Fandom Roundup #6

Here is another list of various links that I have come across in the past few months (see previous Roundups here: Roundup #5: http://www.edmondchang.com/2019/03/07/video-game-studies-digital-cultures-rpg-larp-fandom-roundup-5/, Roundup #4: http://www.edmondchang.com/2018/07/11/video-game-studies-digital-cultures-rpg-larp-fandom-roundup-4/, Roundup #3: http://www.edmondchang.com/2017/03/17/video-game-studies-digital-cultures-rpglarp-fandom-roundup-3/, Roundup #2: http://www.edmondchang.com/2016/08/20/video-game-studies-digital-cultures-fandom-roundup-2/, and Roundup #1: http://www.edmondchang.com/2016/02/13/video-game-studies-and-digital-cultures-roundup-1/):

Video Games

2019 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry (ESA)
https://www.theesa.com/esa-research/2019-essential-facts-about-the-computer-and-video-game-industry/?fbclid=IwAR3akWCGZIUIO7e7zgH2CJBvo3jTT9zM6cYaOKvcZghjoCSK5FdOzDLttBw

For Men Who Hate Talking On The Phone, Games Keep Friendships Alive
https://kotaku.com/for-men-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone-games-keep-frien-1835277944?fbclid=IwAR2j6U-q0FgBNK7mTKe2zahSuWCj25jBpHqrggaRsZ3v4jsmU3FRU6HzgRg

‘Make him famous in a different way’: In this popular mobile game, you kill a journalist
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/19/this-wildly-popular-game-you-kill-journalist-make-him-famous-different-way/?fbclid=IwAR0eZ11KfARFPhDjGNygUX1-mjuU4dLR0nVyCbbBxuX24xCAZYzp80r_66s

World Of Warcraft Classic Beta Players Are Reporting Bugs That Are Actually Just Features From The Past
https://kotaku.com/world-of-warcraft-classic-beta-players-are-reporting-bu-1834864959?utm_medium=Socialflow&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3zaR56NcciVjV41uauIqIB4kl695nzT9Ijqyumh0T_AmfHrAXQ79stXhQ

Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games (Electronic Mediations) Paperback by Alenda Y. Chang
https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Nature-Ecology-Electronic-Mediations/dp/1517906326/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=chang+playing+nature&qid=1557858082&s=gateway&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR2qDCpPJj-9l78hOL43xwo4rJ_44XPW-xA9Ms_8tv9sgW8QpAOS-ylApyE

‘Loot Boxes’ Could Be Trouble for the Videogame Industry. Here’s What You Need to Know.
https://www.barrons.com/articles/videogame-publishers-face-scrutiny-over-the-use-of-lock-boxes-51555120828?fbclid=IwAR3PSGQpGk2W5ubiQHs30QrZZdri5u24JtWWg3iiwanzVJGLj8Nc08hrBhY

You can now download the source code for all Infocom text adventure classics
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/04/you-can-now-download-the-source-code-for-all-infocom-text-adventure-classics/?fbclid=IwAR016CyaK_xGdtxGpYI45syfgnDAcF_kg_kIAflNM0mz2gx8G4VtBe93MBg

A Notre Dame of the Future: Video Games, Digital Mapping, and Sonic Space
http://www.imanimosley.com/humanistmachines/afuturenotredame?fbclid=IwAR2_suQyZnkDpuirhzNMxN7OKvBb-gBQ33y5vd9soJx91YL_nFCJny_drHA

Heaven’s Vault Is a Rare Videogame About the Art of Translation
https://www.wired.com/story/heavens-vault-review/?fbclid=IwAR03kQcCH0LLcuXIuN03A9bykpzOnpOZUabYDhR54u_jVdkNTwslD8WqQrM

Heaven’s Vault review: an archaeology video game actually about archaeology
https://www.polygon.com/reviews/2019/4/16/18311381/heavens-vault-review-ps4-steam-inkle?fbclid=IwAR0BH7ltHfI-UK31IjA4qewdydOGnO_yq9n05V68z6ZpbTW-WAlZeAIcNbc

We Need to Get Ready for Gamergate Politicians
https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/597z7d/we-need-to-get-ready-for-gamergate-politicans?fbclid=IwAR3OaaTvM2wEToeC4FqGJ70xO9bfdKYS1WewIELQ_jEfRmPwZaDB-0Wzyq8

The effort to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral could get help from an unlikely source: A video game
https://www.businessinsider.com/notre-dame-cathedral-assassins-creed-2019-4?fbclid=IwAR13D1WdoJoq4n2SHCSTB4SEpbl95mpNk1NQYkzk5kA9wseaygQYgpYSdrQ

Game Development! ~ The Musical – ‘Games Are Serious Work’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMhLCcWMMIs&feature=youtu.be

Outward Is A Merciless Fantasy Game Where You’re Just A Regular Person
https://kotaku.com/outward-is-a-merciless-fantasy-game-where-youre-just-a-1833647537?fbclid=IwAR104-HwjxA32zdJnXDzsjYsHUzPM-cQltrXg5fbS4lprsQxF3l4FHB6Reo

Les jeux vidéo peuvent-il sensibiliser à la cause écologique?
https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2019/04/01/les-jeux-video-peuvent-il-sensibiliser-a-la-cause-ecologique_5444352_4408996.html?fbclid=IwAR0k822vGEfIlSlWr1CQ5tJLK6BXI4vV8eVHlPV-n8ugunLXyQ88MXH0XP4

White supremacists are trying to recruit American teens through video games
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/9/18296864/gamer-gaming-white-supremacist-recruit?fbclid=IwAR2A9iKWV3U54KHb7L5Qly9Opmnqc92GoZbpbzhq9u5Gs-mJ4lWABUZcthw

Games of Color/Nerds of Color

Back in time: See You Yesterday brings time travel to the streets of Flatbush
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/05/back-in-time-see-you-yesterday-brings-time-travel-to-the-streets-of-flatbush/?fbclid=IwAR1IU4TJPhcjVeBuHeNIPZ_fjG5ZMMsn6GB4WI4Rd8UFCrq0dAmnF5j4P0k

How Nnedi Okorafor is building the future of sci-fi from Flossmoor. (Being George R.R. Martin’s protege doesn’t hurt.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ae-nnedi-okorafor-sci-fi-0526-story,amp.html?fbclid=IwAR1fhqC81sdwHj0wV0eFWHrdfXR0cQcGEwS9z2HcC2-7icfqN3A9pSf_ZZE

How Octavia Butler’s prophetic novel ‘Parable of the Sower’ became an opera
http://www.startribune.com/how-octavia-butler-s-prophetic-novel-parable-of-the-sower-became-an-opera/509009792/?fbclid=IwAR2yDYIFDyoKfG6BoL0OFm3yt2MWKyTFGfGqNFA5IQIqKXyGhPrwYsrFYVs

THE TRAILER FOR NETLFIX’S ‘SEE YOU YESTERDAY’ IS AN AFROFUTURIST DREAM
https://afropunk.com/2019/04/see-you-yesterday/?fbclid=IwAR2VDXOm-45eccAioNnXsZludoqTf696Y9UhK1SGE-djL4WMsw-V7pRHx_w

A Cancelled Board Game Revealed How Colonialism Inspires and Haunts Games
https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/vb9gd9/a-cancelled-board-game-revealed-how-colonialism-inspires-and-haunts-games?fbclid=IwAR1L-BswaxrspAIL-uoxt6_BPB88hEfjv-07A0H7kki_PqKAMG3UtAZ2ngQ

The Dark Fantastic Fills An Imagination Gap In Youth Media
http://www.bmpvoices.com/the-dark-fantastic-fills-an-imagination-gap?fbclid=IwAR0wZFF5RQxtzM8KQTltcDt_suhSI-AQ4IXiF307B6aeueLOahttps://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/vb9gd9/a-cancelled-board-game-revealed-how-colonialism-inspires-and-haunts-games?fbclid=IwAR1L-BswaxrspAIL-uoxt6_BPB88hEfjv-07A0H7kki_PqKAMG3UtAZ2ngQEiKlPl-HaA

Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color — Transformative Works and Cultures, vol. 29 (2019)
https://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/issue/view/52?fbclid=IwAR24LCG9xZyPPob9qeDxHHQD-jIGJXGY1dYyJXMyMEhgHIfLYc1ElfsrwHw

Ethiopia’s First Female Superhero Comic ‘Hawi’ is Here
https://www.okayafrica.com/ethiopias-first-female-superhero-comic-hawi-is-here/

Real Native History in a Video Game: An Indigenous take on The Oregon Trail
https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/lifestyle/real-native-history-in-a-video-game-an-indigenous-take-on-the-oregon-trail-t0HHVelCr0uBAsBE64jumQ/

Interview with John Jennings, Featuring Alternate and Draft Panels from Kindred: the Graphic Novel Adaptation
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00064246.2018.1514923

‘There are no black people on Game of Thrones’: why is fantasy TV so white?
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/apr/06/there-are-no-black-people-on-game-of-thrones-why-is-fantasy-tv-so-white?CMP=share_btn_tw&fbclid=IwAR2CavtopwOthteZeWK_vA1JaMhbe9gyQu-LLtLeLRcIp9R4O9GJsr4au_o

Queer Games/Gender and Games

Can VR teach us how to deal with sexual harassment?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/01/sexual-assault-training-program-vantage-point-virtual-reality-video-games?fbclid=IwAR2-F-wEHz2ucmadPUvpR5KvM4X9oSOnb1xuBjPTvmPZ4PL4VOs7S-I7Is4

A Video Game That Wants to Stop Sexual Harassment
https://newrepublic.com/article/148402/video-game-wants-stop-sexual-harassment?fbclid=IwAR0q67aaXHDl1DvanvoISYytF-1kgZFFykLFi7Ei9uNFQoNmIxc9To05xvE

Sparkle Unicorns And Fart Ninjas: What Parents Can Do About Gendered Toys
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/26/705824731/sparkle-unicorns-and-fart-ninjas-what-parents-can-do-about-gendered-toys?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2q7nnkGQK9ZgcJZNUYZCJA3iprTbGVtgF7WQEvEiNmp1LMSeqLSgMs63A

RPG/LARP

Dodgeball is a tool of ‘oppression’ used to ‘dehumanize’ others, researchers argue
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/06/07/dodgeball-is-tool-oppression-used-dehumanize-others-researchers-argue/?fbclid=IwAR2JOKzv9vPghI6CKPbhE_Kh-64Fx3_r4ZHSJeS2Hjs0V2-Od9BEUAFX_wg&utm_term=.8dcd1c5ea62a

Players ‘distressed’ by gang-rape role-playing game
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-48483746?fbclid=IwAR1O2uGZTI7AnyJi2Eevl4zq_emp1G0Hn6wiwFXZLqpu1399pnuBV2KQgqs

The Friends Who Have Been Playing the Same Game of Dungeons & Dragons for 30 Years
https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/06/playing-dungeons-dragons-together-30-years/591085/?fbclid=IwAR3CIoRioeAkuCH-BppyPHkLVFmmxEbfooe3s6dJ79gBNa35t-jkFxT9m7o

Black students were cast as slaves in New York teacher’s mock ‘auctions,’ state finds
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-students-were-cast-slaves-new-york-teacher-s-mock-n1011361?fbclid=IwAR1rgSdoKKr-Q7Vl1oh_Xn2_cP_AlV1PqjtHQnk6oxet6N_ZAVgS6-HG03o

Why ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ players are posting selfies in spite of ‘SNL’
https://mashable.com/article/dungeons-and-dragons-saturday-night-live/?fbclid=IwAR3tO1PoxUxGBHgA80fGuO0C_BjonRSWJti89qcDc4rREXBZOw4dgjETXOI#kBk63jgz.ZOw

The Ludic Bestiary: Misogynistic Tropes of Female Monstrosity in Dungeons & Dragons
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1555412019850059?fbclid=IwAR2IVPj6YRa7MTj7ALBAUOGPqilGUehMcj73ufe7y2sWgQobmDZVq5rFc6Q&journalCode=gaca#articleShareContainer

Lake Washington Girls Middle School Has Been Invaded by Pirates, Warlocks, and Elves
https://www.thestranger.com/features/2019/03/13/39576853/class-of-imagination?fbclid=IwAR1jrujIv_e6TZmky3kA5jv8tOGxVSU2_Ek1w6b99uVF_t_Rwd5-oFjpRxE

Why the Cool Kids Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/opinion/sunday/dungeons-and-dragons.html?fbclid=IwAR3gWEGujzWPKxjgjWt–EqARNQZ0veNQjkbe4m5EafWxfcL9k5dKAnNM1w

Crab cakes and quidditch: That’s what Maryland does
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/04/11/crab-cakes-quidditch-thats-what-maryland-does/?fbclid=IwAR1Je9k7kZQs6li1U4Ha-r6jnXx42bqCWazqmlMXUHw_1VtyX47RrtwH284

Nerdom/Fandom

Thirteen Non-Arthurian-Themed Fantasy Novels & Their Authors
https://www.allastria.com/the-creator/thirteen-non-arthurian-themed-fantasy-novels-their-authors?fbclid=IwAR1iRLMXxLmso0QvRaolH7h7-Z0PSXEhyj_gTB263MpotHus5H3KcxsbYSw

Why We Need More Black Characters in Fantasy
https://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/fiction-fantasy-imagination-magic-black-characters-20190508?fbclid=IwAR2IBoPyfVn6YcGz9pEXCVVaTkUzEFcvgkMn2T1ggyE9MNOwVoe-ctrMQiI

Buffy The Vampire Slayer gets a brilliant, beautiful reimagining
https://aux.avclub.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-gets-a-brilliant-beautiful-re-1833303470?fbclid=IwAR2Rkzu4Rll5fWVzoHF0xxAPAg1RmlQ6ggfi3Zb9EUlqxcQ2WoDTssqi64s

The Deep Space Nine Anniversary Documentary Is Hitting Theaters for One Day Only
https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-deep-space-nine-anniversary-documentary-is-hitting-1833887280?fbclid=IwAR0aJBFr2GgOTxllMF1DqkT2mlvXIbZrBiWkrJKeNEMswkuCdlIv6gRL5EE

Digital Cultures/Cyberculture

We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in Reaction GIFs
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/digital-blackface-reaction-gifs

Microsoft engineer complains that company is biased against white men
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/04/now-its-microsofts-turn-for-an-anti-diversity-internal-revolt/?fbclid=IwAR1UmTVEdFscfQkwyLNDqvgCoATx4evfI_oR3-pSWhCNW6mz4rTwNUsqUks

Concordia’s Jason Edward Lewis wants ethical artificial intelligence with an Indigenous worldview
http://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2019/04/30/concordias-jason-lewis-wants-ethical-artificial-intelligence-with-an-indigenous-worldview.html?fbclid=IwAR2P975Uhbg-7s1PwTHuWNkRZlaMjbY8AfMI436Tg1-7RP-zv_I4KwG1FM0

The Black Feminists Who Saw the Alt-Right Threat Coming
https://slate.com/technology/2019/04/black-feminists-alt-right-twitter-gamergate.html?fbclid=IwAR0BzuYXRqhduFSPQq47JWfUcjYpI5x0bKKTy_2sx4MQvDBA5o3gKvk2gVA

How to Be a Better Online Teacher
https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-online-teaching?fbclid=IwAR3BIwnLeeg4tH6LVuYKF_ahLApJTGoUH3rKhwU5BFLyF-Oy8gt92z3_8dU

Coding Is for Everyone—as Long as You Speak English
https://www.wired.com/story/coding-is-for-everyoneas-long-as-you-speak-english/?fbclid=IwAR14BOUdZlo9wvsbJErQvN9ni95QLR8tRYQUlwcVVRiESJGuQpZ7fCaiZZk

Are Trigger Warnings Actually Helpful?
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/are-trigger-warnings-actually-helpful/

Meet Q, The Gender-Neutral Voice Assistant
https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705395100/meet-q-the-gender-neutral-voice-assistant?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

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