martedì, novembre 29, 2005


There's a lot of buzz around Massive Multiplayer Online Games. Well in fact there's a lot of buzz around game-studies (isn't it better to say e-game-studies?), but I guess that most is related to Massive Multiplayer Online Games. Why? Well when you face a whole world with its own rules and functions (let's thing about world of warcraft) you'll probably start thinking about what kind of sociality and interpersonal relationships you can observe in such a world... you would start shifting your observation level. Anyway... even if you are not familiar with I°/II° order observation there's still a lot of buzz around games as an observation field for social dynamics. We at LaRiCA are thinking about hosting some kind of workshop on this topic. Gametalk?

giovedì, novembre 24, 2005


lunedì, novembre 21, 2005

time to (blog) talk

BlogTalk Reloaded banner I've just discovered that a new blogtalk event has been scheduled. BlogTalk conference will take palce on October 2-3, 2006 in Vienna. Right now the steering commitee is working on the mission statement and on the call for paper. I must admit that I would like very much to join them in Vienna, I'm going to look forward for the research topics.

lunedì, novembre 14, 2005

director of warcraft

I'm jiggling with this post too long. Since I've started playing World of Warcraft I had the feeling that Massive Online gaming is a great place to observe social phenomena (especially if they are linked with new media). Obviously World of Warcraft is also damn funny... Anyway to role playing online is not such a new thing so I've always decided to skip on this post. What's changed? Well thanks to Jill I've discovered that represent what a videogames can be in the "we the media" age. The basic idea is to use the graphic engine of World of Warcraft to realise GC movies scripted and directed by the "players". This is a strong sign of how every expressive possibility offered by new media is now used to create some kind of content, to tell stories, to became media. In fact blogs, videoblogs, podcasts and warcraftmovies are all part of the same cultural wave. ps: every movie genre is represented in warcraft movie, laste week was released the first Erotic/Porn movie.

martedì, novembre 08, 2005

dans les banlieus de Google

Banlieu is nowadays one of the top searched word in Google.

Jean Véronis pointed out that if you search "Banlieu" in Google France you'll find a "Sponsored Link from UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire) that ask you to support Nicolas Sarkozy's politics. That's quite interesting because the main force that is used here to obtain people attention is their own research for information. Probably during next years all political campaigns will be tuned just in time to match "people's searches". just a curiosity: If you go further looking at the Banlieu results page you'll find on the top of the list Mahnparis Banlieu Blog, "life and cooking in a Paris suburb". I'm sure you'll find delicious receipts in that Blog, but I feel that the main reason 'cause it's ranked #1 is related to the search for information about what's happening in Paris suburbs. Maybe "Banlieu Blog" leads people to think about firs hand information where you'll find just hand made cakes.