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Merry Wintertime

Merry Mid-Winter to all readers – of this, and other blogs!

Personal Computers as Multistratal Technology

As I was struggling through some operating system updates and other installs (and uninstalls) this week, I was again reminded about the history of personal computers, and about their (fascinating, yet often also frustrating) character as multistratal technology. By this I mean their historically, commercially and pragmatically multi-layered nature. A typical contemporary personal computer is … Continue reading ”Personal Computers as Multistratal Technology”

Zombies and the Shared Sensorium

I have studied immersive phenomena over the years, and still am fascinated by what Finnish language so aptly catches with the idiom “Muissa maailmoissa” (literally: “in other worlds” – my dictionary suggests as an English translation “away with the fairies”, but I am not sure about that). There is a growing concern with the effects … Continue reading ”Zombies and the Shared Sensorium”

Summer Computing

I am not sure whether this is true for other countries, but after a long, dark and cold winter, Finns want to be outdoors, when it is finally warm and sunny. Sometimes one might even do remote work outdoors, from a park, cafe or bar terrace, and that is when things can get interesting – … Continue reading ”Summer Computing”

Workshop in Singapore

I will spend the next week visiting Singapore, where Vivian Chen, from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Nanyang Technological University has put together an interesting international seminar focused on games and play, particularly from the perspective of eSports phenomena. Together with several esteemed colleagues, I also will give a talk there; mine … Continue reading ”Workshop in Singapore”

Chili season 2018

Time to start preparing for the next summer’s chili season. This time I have promised myself that I will not fool around with any silly Ikea “passive hydroponics” system or similar. Just old-fashioned soil, some peat, water and a light. But I will make use of the Ikea cultivation pots and led lights, as much … Continue reading ”Chili season 2018”

Cognitive engineering of mixed reality

  In the 1970s and 1980s the concept ‘cognitive engineering’ was used in the industry labs to describe an approach trying to apply cognitive science lessons to the design and engineering fields. There were people like Donald A. Norman, who wanted to devise systems that are not only easy, or powerful, but most importantly pleasant … Continue reading ”Cognitive engineering of mixed reality”

Special Issue: Reflecting and Evaluating Game Studies – Games & Culture

This is now published: Games & Culture: Volume 12, Issue 6, September 2017 Special Issue: Reflecting and Evaluating Game Studies (http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/gaca/12/6) Guest Editors: Frans Mäyrä and Olli Sotamaa Articles Need for Perspective: Introducing the Special Issue “Reflecting and Evaluating Game Studies” by Frans Mäyrä & Olli Sotamaa (Free Access: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1555412016672780) The Game Definition Game: A … Continue reading ”Special Issue: Reflecting and Evaluating Game Studies – Games & Culture”

LARP: Art not worthy?

Worldcon 75 in Helsinki has generally been an excellent event with multiple cultures, diverse forms of art and innumerable communities of fandom coming together. However, what left bit of a bad taste to the mouth was the organizers’ decision yesterday to cancel a LARP (live action role-play), dealing with old people and dementia. The decision … Continue reading ”LARP: Art not worthy?”

Server Update: Elementary Error?

I have been running a Windows server in our basement pretty much nonstop since 2008. Originally a personal Web server, this HP Proliant machine has in recent years mostly worked as a LAN file server for backups, media archives and for home-internal sharing. Even with a new 1.5 terabyte disk installed some years ago, it … Continue reading ”Server Update: Elementary Error?”