Academic

Trauma in Video Games (with Thomas Spies)

Oh no, your family has been abducted and your village burnt to the ground! Better start a bloody vendetta…or so the story of many video games starts out. Our guest, Dr. Thomas Spies, argues in favour of more complex and differentiated trauma representations. Here’s our conversation about titles such as Max Payne, Distraint, The Last…

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How to Find a Research Topic

Finding an interesting research topic can be tough, especially when a mandatory thesis looms large. But fret not: here are our tips to find a topic for those still on the hunt. Shownotes Plus 7. What Makes a Good Research Question (Studying Pixels)

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Worst Mistakes to Make as a Student

University life can be hard. Don’t make it harder for yourself, then! Here are some of the worst mistakes to make as a student. We list them so you do not have to make them. Shownotes How NOT to write a term paper (Studying Pixels Plus) 10 Tips to Nail Your Next Presentation (Studying Pixels Plus)

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True Sight (with Sarah Stang)

Seeing beyond what seems to be real, seeing a ‘truth’ obscured from others—there seems to be a proper fascination with this exclusive gaze. We explore the notion of true sight in video games such as The Cat Lady and Fran Bow with Dr. Sarah Stang, Assistant Professor of Game Studies at Brock University in Canada. Shownotes Madness as True…

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Extremism in Gaming Communities (with Rachel Kowert)

Gaming communities can be a lovely place of bonding and encouragement. However, and in no contradiction to the former, they can also be excluding, pervaded by extremism, and profoundly hostile towards anything ‘different’. Why is that so and what can we do about it? – Those are the questions we ask Dr. Rachel Kowert, renowned…

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Games as Historical Problem Spaces (with Jeremiah McCall)

From Assassin’s Creed to Civilization and from The Oregon Trail to Valiant Hearts—video games are profoundly fascinated with history. But how can we analyse those representations of history without simply ‘fact checking’ the games? We are joined by the historian and long-running high school teacher Dr. Jeremiah McCall for a conversation about his framework of…

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Logical Fallacies and Where to Find Them

It is so easy to be wrong! Especially in academic discourse, it is important to watch out for logical fallacies that can either help you make a point or that can sneak into your own arguments. Here’s our overview of some most common logical fallacies and how you can avoid falling into their traps. Shownotes…

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Pitfalls of a BA Thesis

Writing a BA thesis can seem daunting. It is, after all, the longest, comprehensive academic work you have had to write up until now. But fret not, for we walk you through some of the most dangerous pitfalls so you can avoid them. Shownotes Studying Pixels Plus 7. What Makes a Good Research Question

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How Video Games Became Fake News

Video games have repeatedly intersected with fake news. Whether it is the absurd claim that Hideo Kojima assassinated the former prime minister Shinzo Abe, the deliberate use footage from Arma 3 by Russian media, or the mishaps of CNN and BBC who included video game footage in news reporting. We discuss these cases and many…

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The Ethics of Pirating Video Games (with Shlomo Sher and Andy Ashcraft)

Most of us have done it at some point, possibly without any awareness of the harm it might cause. After all, piracy has for a long time been an integral part of video game culture. To discuss whether there is any moral angel from which piracy can be justified, we collaborate with Shlomo Sher, Philosophy…

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