All posts in category Game Design

Discovery Channel – Rise of the Video Game

Rise of the Video Game is a five-part documentary on video games produced by the Discovery Chanel. Video, as well as descriptions of each episode, are shown below the fold.

Discovery Channel – Gamer Generation

The Discovery Chanel hosted a two-part video series – Gamer Generation. While these videos are a bit dated, each still provides a useful overview of the industry, media effects, and video games research. Of particular note, Dr. Weber’s study Does playing violent video games induce aggression? Empirical evidence of a functional magnetic resonance imaging study is featured in the fourth […]

The History of MMOs: A 4-Part Video Series

A week ago, Ralph Koster linked to a 4-part video series on the history of the MMO genera. Koster’s post does a good job outlining some of the video’s weaknesses including: technical inaccuracies and the strange omission of kids focused MMOs like Club Penguin and other forms of virtual worlds like Second Life. Tobold also has some […]

Giving Up The Ghost

In two days, World of Warcraft turns seven. Yesterday I canceled my account. The two events are unrelated (I do not have a bad case of the seven year itch). I left WoW once before as I was finishing my undergraduate education and focused on starting my career. Once life settled in, I found time […]

Systems Theory in Virtual Worlds

A while back I read From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stuart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner. Reflecting on the book, the passage below struck me as particularly interesting: Rather than work with a transmission model of communication, in which performers or others attempt to send a message to their audience, […]