Smoggy Pasts: Strategy Games and Ecology

Jun 11, 19

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Traditionally, the relationship between humans and our environment has not been the most prominent aspect of historical writing. Particularly before the institutionalization of historical studies in the nineteenth century, the natural world generally took a backseat to kings, monuments, explorers, and revolutions. It usually only...

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Jon Shafer’s At the Gates: First Impressions (Part 1)

Feb 12, 19

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This post is the first half of a two-part article on Jon Shafer’s At the Gates, at launch. You can read part 2 by clicking on this link. I have to confess that what sold me on getting Jon Shafer’s At the Gates right out of the gate – considering the game’s lukewarm reception at launch – was...

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Presence, Preservation, and Virtual Reality

Nov 15, 18

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This week, KUED, a local PBS station premiered a new documentary titled Battle Over Bears Ears that looks at the fight over the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah that was created by President Obama and later dismantled by President Trump.  As one might expect, the issue is much more complicated than a two-sided...

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Systems of Science: Games Shaping Cultural Perceptions

May 03, 16

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Science and media have a complicated relationship.  Film and television crews regularly hire science consultants both to improve the realism of their productions and to give themselves an air of authority and respectability.  Scientists also have a vested interest in being involved in such productions.  Since most people invest...

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Beyond Trees: Tech Webs, ANTs, and Black Boxes

Nov 26, 14

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Videogames have an amazing potential for modeling societal processes.  At the same time, videogames also embody the worldview of their creators on a procedural level.  As such, it is a rare thing when a game is able to move beyond popular understandings of the world and approach it from a new and interesting direction.  As...

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