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BotRT February

The February prompt is a little weird for me to discuss. This is because I usually do not play multi or dual player games, I prefer the solo route. I do not like playing with other people. This is not because I look down on other players or get annoyed by them it is because…

Fangirl

So I recently read a book called Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it got me thinking. The book was about a fanfiction writer whom escaped the reality she didn’t want to face through the world of writing about her favorite characters in a series that she liked. It was placed in her first year of…

Millennial Monsters

So I was super pumped to read this weeks reading and I was not disappointed with Anne Allison’s work at all. I loved what she wrote about and the way she wrote about it. The two topics that stuck out to me was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Sailor Moon. Both shows are from my childhood and…

BotRT March Prompt “Extended Play”

This BotRT prompt was interesting to read and think about to say the least. When I think of extended play I do not think of the game colliding into reality but more of a slow and subtle merge between fantasy and reality. Because of this subtleness it is harder to spot the merge, an example…

The Shock of the Old response

The reading for this week was interesting as the book challenged the way we think of technology in history. I am not talking about the classic made us seen technology in a new light but more of it tried to open our eyes the the way technology is viewed in different countries and how we…

Brownell response

I will admit that it was a little boring for me this time around, but I believe that it was because I was expecting more of an anthropological perspective than a historical perspective when I started reading this book. The way it was introduced made it start out with her experiences and maybe going into…

Go Nation

At first I was really excited to read this book as I said last week that Go is one of my favorite games but that excitement diminished page by page as I read more into the sexist ideals in China from the game of weiqi. The part that struck me the most was when the…

Response and Image

I adored this week’s reading on weiqi, liubo, and Chinese playing cards. They were all unique in their own way but what stuck out to me was weiqi. Now I know that we are going more in-depth with weiqi next week but I have been fascinated with weiqi, I knew it as go and thought…

Pachisi response

The Pachisi article from The Art of Contest was not the most robust article from our readings this week but it was the one that intrigued me the most. I have never played Pachisi and have only heard of it in passing before so it was interesting to read about the history and some of the…

Caillois Reading Response

This weeks reading on Caillois was a bit mind numbing I must admit. The book/research was interesting itself but I could not understand Caillois’ obsession with categories. Everything he wrote about games was fit into a category, then a sub category, and after that categories were mixed and matched, or debunked as being able to…