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Final paper, why gamers are so awful

Keenan Talamo Games and Play Maggie Greene 5/7/15 Gaming and Toxic Online Behavior Millions of people around the world play video games and many of them play games for the sole purpose of competition. Not all of these people whom play competitively are pro players, in fact most aren’t, and an unfortunately large amount of…

We eSports Now

Taylor’s book on Esports finally being an important part of competitions and not just a joke to people, like it used to be, is so refreshing. I’m sure that some people still don’t think of esports as a real thing but T.L Taylor is trying to change that and I think that they did a…

Blog of the Round Table 3. I couldn’t relate to this one at all

For the third BoRT I think it is easiest to talk about games blending with reality when I was a kid and games seemed to be a lot more magical since you didn’t quite understand the real world yet. I grew up in a Nintendo household where I played NES games with my mom, since…

Bonnie Nardi response

Bonnie Nardi’s anthropological account of World of Warcraft was exactly what I was told it was going to be but not was I was expecting by any means. Nardi does a great job at introducing people to the game and give readers the background knowledge required to understand exactly what is going on. I guess…

Reading Response, Anne Allison

Millennial Monsters by Anne Allison was far more enlightening about Japanese culture than I thought it was. From the title, a little bit of talking to Patrick, I assumed that it would be discussing Pokémon and similar games but it really delved into imported culture from Japan as a whole, as opposed to just mentioning…

Week 12 response, Juul

Jesper Juul’s “Art of Failure” was quite interesting to me, especially their section on the uses of failure in video games. They argue that we hate failing until we finally succeed, then we enjoy the fact that we failed because it means we got better. I feel this same sensation quite a bit in the…

Edgerton response

After reading Edgerton’s The Shock of the Old I realized that I have jumped to many conclusions regarding how people lived throughout recent history and importance of technology in those times. I never would have dreamed that the German army in World War 2 used more horses in their campaign against Russia than in World…

Brownell response

Susan Brownell’s book Training the Body for China I think gives an extreme form of the growing nationalism around organized sports. People in China, at least from what she said, seem to care a lot more about beating international rivals, specifically Japan, and find a lot more satisfaction in victory than other countries seem to.…

Short take Apex Smash tournament

This Short take is about an event that happened quite a while ago but is still incredibly important to the competitive gaming world, or at least for the super smash bros competitive scene. The big event was Apex 2015, the biggest smash tournament ever. What makes this event so important, even to people who aren’t…

BoRT 2 Friends and gaming

I met one of my best friends from high school because of our mutual love for Fire Emblem games. We met in school and I just happened to see him playing Fire Emblem (FE 7) on his game boy advance. After talking to him about the game and some of the other Fire Emblem titles…