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Backlog: American Mensa Academy

I’m going to start playing games I’ve had sitting around for a while and reviewing them. I need to get into the habit of writing more often.

American-Mensa-Academy

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Of Dice and Men

of dice and men

Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt

Rating: A natural 20

New book, yay! Consumed this one in all of twenty-four hours, including sleep, eating, and some other intelligent pursuits (and a couple games as Dez Bryant in NCAA 14). I was expecting an ethnography, much like Communities of Play or Coming of Age in Second Life, but alas, it was more and less than that.

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Disappointed.

I was surfing from link to link today, filling out my Accredible profile, when I stumbled upon a blog from my old high school. I was looking for pictures of my ROTC unit, and while I did find an article detailing their success at competitions (Go Chargers!), I also saw an article labelled “Girls and Video Games.” Naturally I was curious.

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Mortal Voyage: An Ethnography

This is the final paper of four that I wrote for my final course in Cultural Anthropology.

Once considered the realm of the socially inept, video games have become a significant source of entertainment that rivals Hollywood in sales (Chatfield, 2009).  With over two-thirds of American households playing video games, and nearly two-thirds of those playing socially, clearly these attitudes are outdated and require recalibration (ESA, as cited by Barnett & Coulson, 2010).  One type of game, the Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG or MMO), is expressly designed with social activity in mind.  These games often have both large- and small-scale groupings of members who play together or have similar ideals.  One of these groups, founded in 2007, is the Mortal Voyage Permadeath Guild (MV) in the game Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO).  Identity formation and role-taking will be analyzed through symbolic interactionism to explore the world inhabited by these “Mortals.”

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Extra Life 2013

Extra Life is back!

This will be my third year participating in the charity event, and I am super-excited about it. Last year, I had a little trouble trying to make the 24 hour marathon all in one go, but this year, I’ll try to do better.

Once again, I’ll be playing for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. It’s my local hospital once more since I returned to the area a couple months ago.

So, do me and all those kids a favor and check out my page to see if it’s something you can support. Playing games to help cure kids is the best thing EVER!

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Violent Games: Minimizing Gaming’s Impact on Societal Violence

Violent Games: Minimizing Gaming’s Impact on Societal Violence

            From Columbine to Newtown, today’s most sensational violent activities are being blamed on one hobby: video gaming.  Sometimes the killers themselves are the people pointing the finger, sometimes it is an investigator looking at the killer’s home entertainment system.  Regardless, many people have put the two topics together, enough to fill hundreds of studies from several different branches including psychology, sociology, biology, and criminology.  Though a cursory examination of these studies is warranted for background and literature review, whether there is a connection between pixels and real-world violence, or how strong that connection may be is not entirely under discussion here.  Rather an anthropological approach must be taken to review, correct, and properly disseminate existing and potential policies regarding consumption of particular video games by children.  Continue reading

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State of Decay

It’s been a while, once again. On a short break from schoolwork, I’ve gotten back into the achievement hunter frame of mind, but when I noticed I was at 99 games played, I wanted to pick a good one for #100, not just something my husband bought six years ago that I never wanted to play except for the 1000GS… it just so happened that State of Decay was released that same day!

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SWAA 2013

Ok, so this post is a bit later than I had wanted. I left for the conference swamped, I was there and swamped, and then I came home still swamped, each time with different things. Now I’ve finally caught up with everything (a week off of school helps tremendously), and I can write about the Southwestern Anthropological Association Conference that was held in San Jose last week/weekend.

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