Lies & Gamification

Nov 29, 11 Lies & Gamification

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Gamification – love it or hate it, any time you use some sort of game mechanic, you’ve done it. Which makes ‘being a student’ the ultimate game of all. Write an essay, do a mid term, ace the final, level up to the next course, forget the previous course’s content… I’ve written before about...

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In Praise of Point ‘n’ Click

Nov 01, 11 In Praise of Point ‘n’ Click

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So I went into my local gamestore, looking for something to play on the Wii. I wanted a point and click adventure. “What?” said the gormless young man. “Point and click. You know… for kids!” Needless to say, they didn’t appear to have any. In which case, I thought I’d just share with you why...

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Gamification, Bullshit, and Teaching History

Aug 18, 11 Gamification, Bullshit, and Teaching History

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Ian Bogost is always interesting to watch. He hit the blogosphere recently with a strong declaration that ‘Gamification is Bullshit‘, where bullshit is used to conceal, to impress or to coerce. Unlike liars, bullshitters have no use for the truth. All that matters to them is hiding their ignorance or bringing about their...

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Practical Necromancy*: Build your own history lab

May 24, 11 Practical Necromancy*: Build your own history lab

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In a fit of optimism, I agreed to contribute to a conference on ancient Roman economic history. “Ancient logging? Sure, no problem” said I. Of course, there is a problem: namely, that the archaeology of logging is pretty sparse. There’s been one major work on the topic in oh, the last thirty years, more or less....

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Of Hockey, Sympathetic Magic, and Digital Dirt

Mar 22, 11 Of Hockey, Sympathetic Magic, and Digital Dirt

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We won tickets to see the Ottawa – Tampa Bay game on Saturday night. 100 level. Row B. This is a big deal for a hockey fan, since those are the kind of tickets that are normally not within your average budget. More to the point of this post, it put us right down at ice level, against the glass. Against the glass!!! Normally we...

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