Meaningful Play – Newsgame’s “September 12th: A Toy World”

I recently published an article on First Person Scholar , the University of Waterloo’s peer-reviewed online journal. Check it out – it’s called “Meaningful Play: Anti-Immersive Aesthetics in Serious Videogames.” Here is the abstract: In “Videogames of the Oppressed,” game developer Gonzalo Frasca of Powerful Robot Games argues that videogames can effectively address “critical thinking,…

“Playbor” and “Weisure?”

Yes, these are real terms. Neologisms like these really tend to annoy me, but I won’t get into the world’s obsession with inventing buzzwords. I’m currently reading up on social media activities/games that arguably exploit player participation and creativity. Most recognizably, games like Farmville, Sims, or World of Warcraft all seem to contribute to the idea…