That conference that I posted about a couple of weeks ago opens on Monday. Sunday even, if you are in the US.
The background for those who don’t like clicking links: Some of you will know that I have gone back to uni part-time to do a postgrad degree in Internet Studies. This semester, I am doing a unit on social networks and internet communities. The main activity for the unit is a three-week online conference at which each student “presents” a paper (posts the text on the conference site). Various academics are formally invited by the course co-ordinator, and students invite everyone they know other interested people. That means you, dear readers of my very sporadic blog.
One of the conference streams is on online gaming. I’ve written a paper on BrettspielWelt, looking at whether the Meta-Game is actually a game at all. (Spoiler: Answer rhymes with Dope). You can read it online or download it as a PDF.
Others have written about World of Warcraft, about Starcraft vidding communities, about representations of women in videogames, … – and that’s just the papers that I know about. I haven’t read any of them yet.
Here’s a wonderful video , though, from my fellow students at Charles Telfair Institute. Watch carefully.
Anyone can read the papers but if you want to comment then you need to register. It’s a university-operated site so they are quite respectful of collected email addresses.
Link to conference: http://networkconference.netstudies.org/2013/
Link to gaming stream: http://networkconference.netstudies.org/2013/category/games/
Link to my paper: http://networkconference.netstudies.org/2013/gaming-squared-brettspielwelt-game-world-or-great-good-place/
Because it is just you and me reading this, dear reader, I will tell you that this is a horrendously confronting and anxiety-ridden exercise for me. It turns out that I am happy telling the world about all sorts of ridiculous personal stuff, and even reasonably comfortable submitting stuff for assessment, but when I have to combine the two and tell my beloved readers to go and read something that I have written and submitted for assessment that is not kind of self-mocking, I have a
minor crisis of confidence. I find this odd and strange.
Also because it is just you and me, I should tell you that 30% of my mark for this unit is for interaction and participation. I can neither interact nor participate without comments over on the conference site.
So please consider yourself invited.