Humane Games

Humane Games are: games for education, games for health, and games for change. They can work either through the play or through the making. This tumblr celebrates Humane Games, and reflective and critical play.

Sep 16
Overview itch.io is an indie game marketplace. Any developer of a game can upload their game, design their game’s page, link a payment provider, and start selling. (Or they can upload a free game, more details about that below.) (via Running an indie game store - itch.io)

Overview itch.io is an indie game marketplace. Any developer of a game can upload their game, design their game’s page, link a payment provider, and start selling. (Or they can upload a free game, more details about that below.) (via Running an indie game store - itch.io)



engineeringhistory:

The Activator (1993, Sega Genesis), a virtual reality device that was on display at  “Hot Circuits, a Video Arcade” at the American Museum of the Moving Image (AMMI) 1 October 1993 - 1 May 1994.

engineeringhistory:

The Activator (1993, Sega Genesis), a virtual reality device that was on display at  “Hot Circuits, a Video Arcade” at the American Museum of the Moving Image (AMMI) 1 October 1993 - 1 May 1994.


Sep 14
“Politics is not inserted into games by critics, but is in fact an integral part of the design process. I think this kind tweetable summary is the point where most people would start to have doubts, so we’re going to drill down on some sample games and make stunningly obvious observations about how their political context has influenced their design. Exciting stuff, right?!” Game Design Is Always Political I’m Not Even Exaggerating Here | Midnight Resistance

“So much has changed in 7 years. Coolest Girl wouldn’t be news now, I don’t think. We’re lucky to have a much richer range of games starting to explore female experience, from all kinds of game makers. I can write this article, which I would never have felt able to 3 years ago, let alone 7. There’s an App Store, now, so you don’t have to PayPal a lady in Australia $6 so she can send you the game file to install on your Sony Ericsson. But thinking back makes me excited to look forward. There’s a lot to feel bad about in current game culture. But if we’ve come this far in the last seven years, how far can we go in the next?”

LOOKSPRING | Videogames and things

agreed!


Sep 13
bad-at-games:

Hey look! A comics anthology I’m participating in!
newlevant:

Announcing Chainmail Bikini!
At a time when the female perspective and female presence and in gaming has once again come under fire, Chainmail Bikini seeks to celebrate the experience of women as players, makers, and critics of gaming. Female creators have come together to make an anthology of comics that is not only entertaining but insightful. From videogames to table top role play to collectible card games, Chainmail Bikini will show that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take on the medium.
Featuring the talents of:
Aatmaja PandyaAnna Anthropy & Solomon FletcherAnna RoseAnnie MokCaitlin Rose BoyleCarey PietschElizabeth SiminsHazel NewlevantIasmin Omar AtaJane MaiKinoko EvansLaura LannesMaggie Siegel-BereleMegan BrennanMeghan Landsmerritt kopas & Mia SchwartzMiranda HarmonMK ReedMolly OstertagSera Stanton
I’m still searching for a few more contributors, so submissions are open from now until October 15th, 2014. If you are a woman interested in contributing a 1-8 page comic about gaming, please visit the submission guidelines.
Chainmail Bikini will launch a Kickstarter in March 2015. Until then, keep playing!
—Hazel Newlevant, editor

bad-at-games:

Hey look! A comics anthology I’m participating in!

newlevant:

Announcing Chainmail Bikini!

At a time when the female perspective and female presence and in gaming has once again come under fire, Chainmail Bikini seeks to celebrate the experience of women as players, makers, and critics of gaming. Female creators have come together to make an anthology of comics that is not only entertaining but insightful. From videogames to table top role play to collectible card games, Chainmail Bikini will show that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take on the medium.

Featuring the talents of:

Aatmaja Pandya
Anna Anthropy & Solomon Fletcher
Anna Rose
Annie Mok
Caitlin Rose Boyle
Carey Pietsch
Elizabeth Simins
Hazel Newlevant
Iasmin Omar Ata
Jane Mai
Kinoko Evans
Laura Lannes
Maggie Siegel-Berele
Megan Brennan
Meghan Lands
merritt kopas & Mia Schwartz
Miranda Harmon
MK Reed
Molly Ostertag
Sera Stanton

I’m still searching for a few more contributors, so submissions are open from now until October 15th, 2014. If you are a woman interested in contributing a 1-8 page comic about gaming, please visit the submission guidelines.

Chainmail Bikini will launch a Kickstarter in March 2015. Until then, keep playing!

—Hazel Newlevant, editor


Sep 12

Sep 11
failedprojects:

The last couple weeks have seen a frenzy of organized misogynist harassment of female and feminist game producers, critics and commentators by self-identified “gamers.” Women in all fields face constant harassment just for having the audacity to appear online, let alone doing so to critique white supremacist patriarchy, and we do not want to imply in any way that game critics are alone in this. But because of the particular concentration and visibility of this current misogynist campaign, we wanted to highlight, in solidarity with feminist critics and thinkers everywhere, some of the wonderful, complicated and powerful work that has been done against, outside and in spite of gaming’s heteropatriarchal structures. The simplest, easiest thing we can do in the face of these attacks is to spread the work that has sent these gaming man-children into an apoplectic rage. Many of the thinkers and designers on this list disagree, even vociferously, with one another; this list is not meant to represent a singular viewpoint, nor to imply that feminism is in any way univocal. Nor is this by any means an exhaustive or comprehensive list. It is instead meant as a useful and evolving resource. 

via TNI Syllabus: Gaming and Feminism – The New Inquiry

failedprojects:

The last couple weeks have seen a frenzy of organized misogynist harassment of female and feminist game producers, critics and commentators by self-identified “gamers.” Women in all fields face constant harassment just for having the audacity to appear online, let alone doing so to critique white supremacist patriarchy, and we do not want to imply in any way that game critics are alone in this. But because of the particular concentration and visibility of this current misogynist campaign, we wanted to highlight, in solidarity with feminist critics and thinkers everywhere, some of the wonderful, complicated and powerful work that has been done against, outside and in spite of gaming’s heteropatriarchal structures. The simplest, easiest thing we can do in the face of these attacks is to spread the work that has sent these gaming man-children into an apoplectic rage. Many of the thinkers and designers on this list disagree, even vociferously, with one another; this list is not meant to represent a singular viewpoint, nor to imply that feminism is in any way univocal. Nor is this by any means an exhaustive or comprehensive list. It is instead meant as a useful and evolving resource.

via TNI Syllabus: Gaming and Feminism – The New Inquiry


Sep 8
smithsonianlibraries:

The Reddingtons were in the worst kind of marriage. Love meant nothing to them.
For everyone watching the US Open and dreaming about playing but unable to procure an actual tennis court, we’ve got you covered with Table tennis and how to play it (1902).
How did tennis get its quirky scoring system? No one is quite sure, but this NYT blog post from last year takes an interesting look at it.

smithsonianlibraries:

The Reddingtons were in the worst kind of marriage. Love meant nothing to them.

For everyone watching the US Open and dreaming about playing but unable to procure an actual tennis court, we’ve got you covered with Table tennis and how to play it (1902).

How did tennis get its quirky scoring system? No one is quite sure, but this NYT blog post from last year takes an interesting look at it.


Sep 6

Sep 5
hyperallergic:

(via Can Virtually Destroying the Environment Make You Care About It?)
Environmental issues can often seem abstract, our individual responsibility difficult to measure. At Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), virtual reality is being researched as a means to make everything from climate change to deforestation a personal, impactful experience.
READ MORE

hyperallergic:

(via Can Virtually Destroying the Environment Make You Care About It?)

Environmental issues can often seem abstract, our individual responsibility difficult to measure. At Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), virtual reality is being researched as a means to make everything from climate change to deforestation a personal, impactful experience.

READ MORE


Sep 2

Sep 1


brightwalldarkroom:

"Never try to convey your idea to the audience - it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it."
—Andrei Tarkovsky

brightwalldarkroom:

"Never try to convey your idea to the audience - it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it."

—Andrei Tarkovsky

(via kadrey)


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