Gaming Session: Minecraft, August 22, 2019

We’re doing Minecraft a week early this month: Thursday, August 22, 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium: Sunless Sea, August 1, 2019

This month’s Symposium will be on the game Sunless Sea, with Pat leading the discussion.  Quoting Pat:

Sunless Sea attempts to tell the story of a supernatural place through roguelike mechanics including frequent deaths and procedural placement of locations (and stories).  The question I’d like to address is, in what ways do these roguelike/roguelite mechanics help the narrative project of the game, and in what ways do they hinder it?

We’re meeting at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT, voice chat over Discord.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, July 25, 2019

Minecraft this Thursday! 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT, voice chat over Discord.

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Symposium and Playversation: Torment: Tides of Numenera, 11 July 2019


With any luck, we’ll get into the combat tutorial this time around!

Come join me as I play through the beginning of Torment: Tides of Numenera on and let’s discuss the game itself and my performance of it on Discord.

When last we left the game, if I recall correctly, we were greatly intrigued, though largely unconvinced by the game’s various ways of framing choices as “mattering.” One area of focus on which we hoped to keep an eye lay in the construction of binary gender as a game-choice, and the various modalities of “mattering” that might invoke and inform.

Questions I’m hoping to continue considering:

  • This is a game designed above all to make the player feel their choices matter. How is that reflected in the moment of performance?
  • How does that “mattering” affect how a player does perform?
  • How do various familiar RPG mechanics, like dialogue-trees and combat, reflect or not reflect “mattering,” and how do they thus relate to the immersion or perhaps the “disimmersion” of the game?
    • In particular, how does the operation of binary gender, at any level, play in or not play into “mattering”?
  • How do we feel about a more-or-less traditional RPG after our travels through rogue-likes and rogue-lites and Yakuza? How is this like Flip-Flop Solitaire, or not?

We’ll meet this Thursday at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST.

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Gaming Session: Minecraft, June 27, 2019

Minecraft this Thursday; 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

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Symposium, June 6th: Oikospiel (Book I)


What is surrealism in video games? Is it the subversion of expository traditions through ludic conventions? Is it the perversion of ludic conventions for expository effect? Is it a five-act dog opera? We’ll discuss the meaning of Oikospiel, the means of production, and maybe even video games through Discord voice chat (or probably Skype) at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT.

Supplemental Material:

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Minecraft Session: May 30, 2019

Minecraft this Thursday; 8:30pm EDT, 5:30pm PDT, voice chat over Discord.

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