Patience (Confessions of a Non-Gamer)

So the semester is finally over! And so is our class. Sadly, I think, so are my video game-playing days. Something that I’ve realized is crucial when playing video games, something that I think I lack, is patience. I’m thinking about playing Assassin’s Creed: Liberation and how long it took me to complete the tasks I…

Indigenous Women’s Digital Media and Representing Violence

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Coming To You From the Indigenous Future: A Showcase of Indigenous Women’s Digital media. My experiences at there really meshed with a lot of class discussions, particularly the one we had about the representation of slavery in Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry. The showcase presented a wide array of…

Explorations and Experimentation in Games

The more I take this class, the more exploration and experimentation become important to me in gameplay. By exploration, I mean the extent to which the player travels through an unknown space (the world of the game) in order to learn about it. How important is spatial exploration to the game? What does such exploration…

Play, LIM, and Videogames

Before taking this class, my definition of play was “to engage in any activity for fun or pleasure.” I have worked a lot with children, so when I thought of play, I thought of imaginary games, dolls, tag, and the like. When it came to video games, I thought that to play them was to…

CYOA: Journey Under the Sea and All You Need is Kill

I chose Journey Under the Sea because it was the only novel I saw at Amherst Books. Such worked out, because for the question that determined our blog groups, I chose that I would prefer to explore the deep sea as my adventure choice. I’m both frightened and fascinated by the deep sea–I knew this story…

Interactive Film

On Thursday, my environmental studies professor invited us to an interactive documentary film screening about the Maribor uprisings in Slovenia that took place from 2012-2013. My professor recommended that see it because one the filmmakers, Maple Rasza, is an internationally famous anthropologist and activist. Rasza explained that the film would be anti-authoritarian. We weren’t there to…