Thoughts on Games Writing and Community Involvement

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on Games Writing and Community Involvement”

  1. Hey there, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, amazing blog!

  2. I sincerely hope that outlets like http://www.firstpersonscholar.com and http://www.gamescriticism.org are part of a movement to make your CV “filler” something that is appreciated by the academy without the ideology of ivory-tower-ism. I’m an academic–so there’s some bias here–but I think there is (or will be) room for games crit in the academy. It’s frustrating now because institutional inertia (a euphemism for older people and a lack of creative administration) and poor NEH funding makes it hard to find a space for games crit, and this all means we’re missing vibrant and insightful voices already out there.

  3. ” I was very disappointed when Re/Action did not reach its crowdfunding goal but I don’t think it did not reach its goal for lack of demand: I think the people that want it don’t have any money. I don’t think it was a failure because we all learned something.”

    That could be. I think it’s more likely that re/Action failed because none of the people involved knew anything about fundraising, nor were they realistic about the challenges involved in creating a realistic/attainable budget for the project.

  4. Mark, I found this entry of yours quite interesting, so I went through your published works. After reading two of your pieces (“Machine Gods: Religion in Games” and “The Complexity of Faith in Final Fantasy Tactics”), I feel led to share two of my recent articles that address spirituality in games as part of this community involvement that you speak of: “Spread the Word: Gaming’s Curious Silence on Spirituality” (http://www.fateofthegame.com/spread-the-word-gamings-curious-silence-on-spirituality/) and the last two paragraphs of my Earthbound review (http://www.fateofthegame.com/retro-review-earthbound/).

    In the interim, I’m going to reread your post here and continue to be inspired.

    – Jed

  5. Mark, I found this entry of yours quite interesting, so I went through your published works. After reading two of your pieces (“Machine Gods: Religion in Games” and “The Complexity of Faith in Final Fantasy Tactics”), I feel led to share two of my recent articles that address spirituality in games as part of this community involvement that you speak of: “Spread the Word: Gaming’s Curious Silence on Spirituality” (http://www.fateofthegame.com/spread-the-word-gamings-curious-silence-on-spirituality/) and the last two paragraphs of my Earthbound review (http://www.fateofthegame.com/retro-review-earthbound/).

    In the interim, I’m going to reread your post here and continue to be inspired.

    – Jed Pressgrove

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