April 1, 2018

On the day before Easter, what's a better activity than to go zombie hunting?!

This weekend I went with Amber Bitolas to Zedtown, a live action role playing zombie hunting game. It was a beautiful experience considering all of my ventures into social play lately. 

The ga...

March 28, 2018

A few weeks ago I joined a karaoke fan group on Facebook. After having a chat with the site admin, I was advised to check out a few shows run by particular KJs, among whom was DJ Chocolate Bunny. Being that Easter was on its way, I thought a visit with a chocolate bunn...

March 19, 2018

This week I was at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. It's a fairly small conference that happens every year in mid-March in Orlando, FL. While the conference is primarily for humanities scholars, and literature scholars in particular, they hav...

March 17, 2018

While attending ICFA, my friend and fellow game scholar at UCF, Taylor Howard, organized a "Nerdy Karaoke" night, with my research in mind. What an incredible nice thing to do! Taylor studies video games, digital media, Writing Across the Curriculum, and critical theor...

March 12, 2018

Game Design class update!

Prior to teaching this college course, I spent three years teaching game design to middle school students. I always told them the instruction they were receiving was on part with a college course, but to be honest I wasn't always sure about tha...

March 12, 2018

Games are ubiquitous to all cultures. They are among the earliest forms of communication. Johann Huizinga argues that they're "older than culture, for culture, however inadequately defined, always presupposes human society." Roger Caillois even argued that games are pa...

March 3, 2018

A few weeks ago, Josh Tanenbaum, my PhD advisor at UCI, sent me an email with the subject line "Furry Karaoke!" Obviously, I was stoked. I know next to nothing about the Furry community except that 1) they exist, 2) it's not about sex parties, 3) there's more to it tha...

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