Game Time: The best stories about games, culture, and community (Feb 12-18)
With the help of my graduate assistant Sammi Kirby, each week I’ll pull together stories about games, culture, and the art and design of communities. Where Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global community ends, this blog begins. If we’ve missed a story, let us know. Or share you’re story with us in the comments.
Games Helping People
- Using Role-Playing Games in Recreation Therapy – Therapeutic Recreation Professional Panel Question: RPGs have great potential for therapeutic recreation, but they haven’t been utilized as intervention modalities.
- What I Learned about People from Playing Games Online: Lessons the author learned from playing online games: know what you’re doing, make clearly defined roles for team members, you can help someone without first asking permission, communication is key, and you are not the best.
- What video games can teach us about consent and intimacy: In Tune is a project that explores consent by having participants, players, negotiate terms of physical contact, and shows that consent is a two-way street. Includes an almost 2-minute trailer.
Games + Technology
- Google’s Helping Turn the View-Master Into a Virtual Reality Headset: Mattel and Google are coming together to make a Google Cardboard-powered View-Master. It’s a phone-powered virtual-reality headset that looks at the View-Master reels and creates the pop-up graphics.
- Role RPG App Promises Pen & Paper Fun on Your Phone: The Soap Collective released a free iOS version of the app Role, and RPG system, which is designed to create ways to role-play that are fast, easy and convenient.
Games + Culture
- Law & Order SVU takes on GamerGate, everyone loses: Law & Order SVU’s episode was a very poor attempt at representing gaming culture that ended up mocking women gamers who are victims of online abuse.
- Conservators are helping preserve the most famous model spaceship of all time: The 11-foot filming model of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the original Star Trek is going to be housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Washington Dulles International Airport.
- Gateway Games Running ‘How to Serve Man’ Kickstarter: Gateway Games is running a Kickstarter for the game “How to Serve Man,” which has players acting as alien chefs that cook humans.
- Why That Stupid Rule Might not be Stupid: Author didn’t think he used encumbrance in his D&D campaigns, and ended up respecting the rule and questioning other decisions and rules he had previously thought were bad or boring.
- The Stories Behind Some Of Pro Gaming’s Oddest Names: Author talks to five eSports players about why they chose their screen names. Dr. Peepee/PPMD, Balls, JesusStick, Rape and FruitDealer are all represented in the article.