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Kollecting Kim K. Skills: Kardashianized Celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

July 25, 2014
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Kollecting Kim K. Skills: Kardashianized Celebrity in <i>Kim Kardashian: Hollywood</i>

In the mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the celebrity legitimizes her image while also propagating her brand by redefining fame as an accumulation of skills.
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Following the Instructions

March 17, 2014
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Following the Instructions

Continuing to think about LEGO, the idea of “creativity,” and the unequal extension of that idea to different consumer groups.
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Fort McMoney: Media for the Age of Oil

February 3, 2014
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Fort McMoney: Media for the Age of Oil

Melissa Aronczyk discusses Fort McMoney, an interactive web documentary designed to raise awareness of the conflicts among industrial, political and environmental interests in the development of oil.
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#1ReasonToBe and Many Reasons To Still Worry

April 9, 2013
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#1ReasonToBe and Many Reasons To Still Worry

One of this year's key stories is how the industry deals with difference and inclusivity, both for developers and for the industry as a whole.
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Changing the conversation, not just the games

March 12, 2013
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Changing the conversation, not just the games

Thoughts about the EA/HRC Full Spectrum mini-conference and LGBT representation in the gaming industry.
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Booth Babe Backlash

January 17, 2013
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Booth Babe Backlash

A year of misogyny in geek culture resurrected the booth babe debate that has contributed to a backlash against female fandom.
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Episodic: What Games Learned From TV

December 5, 2012
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Episodic: What Games Learned From TV

While episodic gaming is a new frontier for how developers make games, it is perhaps an even larger divergence in terms of how we play games.
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The Internet, Baseball Analysis, and the Persistence of Dogma

August 3, 2012
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The Internet, Baseball Analysis, and the Persistence of Dogma

A brief discussion and interview with Baseball Prospectus podcaster Kevin Goldstein on the current state of baseball analysis.
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M2AF: Message Received

June 1, 2012
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What I find surprising about gaming M2AFs is how often they quickly turn intimate, even if the only connection between sender and receivers is an ad hoc one established to gain an achievement. It is not uncommon to get a highly personal message of one kind or another.
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Feminist Game Studies

March 20, 2012
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Feminist Game Studies

It isn’t difficult to find feminist game studies, or feminist gamers. The reputation of misogyny in video game culture, lack of women and racial minorities in the industry, the perpetuation of player stereotypes in games marketing and the popular press, and the dearth of non-white, female, or queer characters in games has provided plenty...
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Circles, Charmed and Magic

November 25, 2011
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Circles, Charmed and Magic

Adrienne Shaw interrogates the stigma associated with the solitary gamer by applying queer theory to games studies, arguing in the process for a broader consideration of how these two scholarly approaches might work together.
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A Song of Ice and Trading Cards: Licensing HBO’s Game of Thrones

November 18, 2011
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A Song of Ice and Trading Cards: Licensing HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i>

The licensing process for the HBO series highlights the challenge of balancing a level of control over the quality of products related to the series with efforts to both monetize and expand its audience.
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“Quiet, you”: Computer Games, Silence, and the Anti-Aliasing of Expression

August 11, 2011
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“Quiet, you”: Computer Games, Silence, and the Anti-Aliasing of Expression

A hunt for elusive video game silence and an investigation of its meaning.
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