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IJRP issue 2

April 20, 2011

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Managed to publish my first article in role-playing theory, in the second issue of International Journal of Role-Playing. The article is about how role-playing games are, can and should be defined. There is a bunch of great articles in the journal. Suggested reading for anyone interested in (academic) role-playing game theory. Advertisements

Master’s thesis & Changing the world with games (not related)

March 22, 2010

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I finally managed to finish and return my master’s thesis. It is about the theory of games, but unfortunately only available in Finnish. You can find it online, if you happen to be interested and understand Finnish. Please ignore the typo in the abstract. The thesis is for a quite limited audience. I thought I […]

Are Role-Playing Games Art?

January 29, 2010

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The short answer: of course they are! The longer answer? Possibly, see more.

Methodological contemplations

January 27, 2010

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While I wholeheartedly think that science is mostly methodically uniform, there are two things that seem to differentiate the social sciences (or humanities) from the natural sciences. (That would seem to put me on the side of methodical antipositivism, if one is into labeling.) There are two distinct differences between the reality the natural sciences […]

The Practice of Theory: Seminar of Culture Studies

December 12, 2009

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I attended the seminar of Society for Cultural Studies in Finland. It is a two-day seminar, so I’m missing part of it as I’m writing this, but the most interesting part has already ended: game(s) research workshop. There was unfortunately only few presentations on games, but at least some of these were useful for me. […]

Defining games

October 26, 2009

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I held a presentation on games in the National Seminar for Philosophy Students (Filosofian opiskelijoiden kansallinen seminaari, FOKS in Finnish) last saturday. It was mostly just basic stuff on (the study of) games, with some quotes from Wittgenstein, Suits, Juul and Salen & Zimmerman. As an ending I presented a loose argument that a minimum […]

The Player of Games

September 8, 2009

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I recently read Iain M. Banks’ The Player of Games, and besides being a good book it’s got special kicks for anyone into game research.