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Bryan Alexander

"7 Things You Should Know About Games and Learning" - 2 views

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    ELI updates its useful report.
Bryan Alexander

Using Civ IV in class - 3 views

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    This will be the first year I'll try to bring Civ into my Games course play sessions, so this is nicely timely. :)
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    Nice.
    Which Civ, IV or V?
Bryan Alexander

Bringing new life to a 'dead' language | News Center | Wake Forest University - 0 views

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    Published: April 19, 2013 Role-playing game energizes Latin class Choose your character, write spells, map the dungeon and move up levels. It sounds like Dungeons and Dragons, but it's not. It's Latin class. Each student plays a hero from Graeco-Roman myth with a backstory, personality and actions determined largely by the student.
Bryan Alexander

World of Warcraft Finds Its Way Into Class | MindShift - 1 views

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    World of Warcraft Students' passions can be a powerful driver for deeper and more creative learning. With this knowledge, some educators are using popular commercial games like World of Warcraft (WoW) to create curriculum around the game.
Bryan Alexander

Teaching a simulation at Stanford - 0 views

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    Nice sketch of a political simulation, plus good reason for teaching with sims.
Bryan Alexander

Gaming relativistic effects - 2 views

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    Teaches player some aspects of traveling close to the speed of life.
Bryan Alexander

Learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through simulations: The case of PeaceM... - 3 views

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    Peacemaker (2008) is a computer game produced by ImpactGames, in which players seek to bring about a successful negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the guest blogpost below, Dr. Ronit Kampf (Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Esra Cuhadar Gurkanyak (Bilkent University) examine the impact of the game on the attitudes of Israeli, Palestinian, Turkish, and American students,...
Bryan Alexander

The evolution of the analyst: turning tactical analysts into strategic thinkers - 4 views

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    The post below is courtesy of Tom Fisher of Imagenetic simulations, who writes about his recent work developing a simulation for use in training financial intelligence units in strategic analysis.-RB I knew we were on to someone when, mid-course, a student approached me with a problem. Tom, we've got a problem.
Brett Boessen

Press Start to Continue: Toward a New Video Game Studies | HASTAC - 3 views

  • being a gamer is less an inherent attribute—either you are or you aren’t—than it is a malleable description of practices that change throughout one’s lifetime, whether from “hardcore” to “casual,” single-player to “social,” or genre to genre
  • one could argue that part of the origin story of game studies was the struggle to establish the idea that games are not narratives--that they were a radically "new" textuality, but this just delayed the needful discussions of how games related to the inherited media ecology, how they used narrative, music, video, etc. to new effects
  • students tend not to be "well-played," on an analogy to "well-read," but knowledgeable in one or a few genres
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  • what about our students' physical abilities and skill sets? How does skill play into their experiences of games?
  • Can or should one philosophize about a medium one has not embraced to the point of design?  I vote:  no.
  • In an academic paper, I don't think that I would feel legitimate in citing something from a designer. It doesn't feel credible, even though the designer may be someone like Ron Gilbert
  • a senior-level seminar in “Digital Games and Culture”
  • Betty Hayes and I have been teaching an undergrad games studies course uniting new media reading/writing, academic readings across disciplines, and gameplay across genres for two years now
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    HASTAC has started a forum (a blog post with lots o' comments) to discuss video game studies.
Bryan Alexander

Nordic LARP talks - 0 views

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    Presentations by Scandinavian LARP creators.
Rebecca Davis

ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 4 views

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    Nice. I look forward to the following posts.
    U Balt has some fine folks.
Brett Boessen

Reacting to the Past - 4 views

Agreed. That last, Bryan, can be an excellent way to draw non-"gamer" folks into game principles and design, too. This looks cool; passing it along to my historian colleague.

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Bryan Alexander

On encouraging replay to learn more - 3 views

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    Very interesting discussion. It's a military context, easily generalized.
Ed Webb

The Imagination Age: GAMEFUL Challenge - 0 views

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    How very cool.
    I'll have to spend more time on 'ful.
Bryan Alexander

Game modding in class - non-digital - 0 views

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    Nice example of game modification, using cards.
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