Archive for March 9, 2008

SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This is an interesting early account of the creation of Spacewar!, one of the earliest digital games:

Brand, Stewart (1972) ‘SPACEWAR: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death among the Computer Bums’. Rolling Stone, 7 December 1972. Online: http://www.wheels.org/spacewar/stone/rolling_stone.html

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Game Design Patterns

Posted in Online papers with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This paper presents a ‘semi-structured’ approach into analysing and designing games starting from patterns, basic games’ building blocks:

Björk, Staffan, Sus Lundgren & Jussi Holopainen (2003) ‘Game Design Patterns’. In: Marinka Copier and Joost Raessens (eds), Level Up: Digital Games Research Conference Proceedings. Utrecht: DiGRA and University of Utrecht. Online:
http://www.digra.org/dl/db/05163.15303.pdf

Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades

Posted in Online papers with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

This is the classic paper that is often quoted in studies into online player typologies, online sociology and player psychology:

Bartle, Richard (1996) ‘Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit MUDs’. The Journal of Virtual Environments, 1(1). Online:

    Mobygames

    Posted in Online resources with tags , on March 9, 2008 by frans

    Mobygames is a website that maintains a database of digital games. The site aims to catalogue all games, and it relies on user contibutions to extend its range. See:
    http://www.mobygames.com/

    Wikipedia

    Posted in Online resources with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

    A collaboratively edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia includes several interesting entries that relate to game studies. These include:

    Note that the Wikipedia articles might include unverified claims and tilted argumentation, so be cautious, and practice a fair deal of source criticism.

    Ludologica

    Posted in Books with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

    The Ludologica book series has originally appeared in Italian, focusing on the most important digital games as works of art, and their lead designers as game artists. Relaunched under title Videoludica — Game Culture, the series explores possibilities of art criticism in the area of game cultures. See:
    http://www.ludologica.com/english.html
    http://www.videoludica.com/

    DiGRA Library

    Posted in Online resources with tags , , on March 9, 2008 by frans

    The open access digital library provided by DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) collects together peer-reviewed papers presented in DiGRA conferences. See:
    http://www.digra.org/dl