How They Got Game Workshop #2

Please join us on Tuesday the 17th of April 2007 from 3pm - 4:30pm on the 4th floor of Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University for a How They Got Game workshop with Jesper Juul.

Invitation: How They Got Game Workshop #1

Please join us on Wednesday the 4th of April 2007 at 3pm on the 4th floor of Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University for a How They Got Game workshop with Daniel Huebner.

How They Got Game Workshops

The How They Got Game group is launching a series of workshops on game culture and game studies. Organized by Henrik Bennetsen, the workshops will take place twice per month at the Stanford Humanities Lab (Wallenberg Hall, Building 120, 4th floor) and they will have different formats, e.g. lectures, presentations, and conversations with game scholars, students, and members of the industry. Here are all the details regarding the first two meetings:

PlayStation 3 @ Stanford

"For the most part, it's not that we're looking for a needle in a haystack, but we're looking for broad properties that require good statistics," said Vijay Pande, associate professor of chemistry at Stanford University. As one of the scientists behind the project, Pande is proud to say that Folding@home has actually provided useful information to the scientific community. SETI@home, however, has yet to discover a single alien transmission. (Alex Handy, Gamasutra)

The Legend of Lerroy Jenkins

That Leeroy is the game's biggest failure rather than its highest achiever may explain why he's transcended the self-referential sphere of World of Warcraft and moved into the realm of pop culture. Everyone everywhere has pulled a Leeroy. "There's something more universal about this guy who screws things up for everybody than someone who is the best at something," says Henry Lowood, curator for film and media collections at Stanford University. "If you're not a player in the game, you are not going to be that interested in how spectacularly good a player is.

How They Got Game @ GDC

A significant amount of How They Got Game members attended the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Among the others are Galen Davis, Douglas Wilson and Waynn Lue who wrote a series of not-to-be-missed articles for GameSpot.

The Digital Games Canon @ GDC '07

Henry Lowood and Matteo Bittanti recently participated in "Ten Games You Need to Play: The Digital Game Canon", a roundtable discussion at this year's Game Developers Conference. Both contributed two games to the canon, Lowood selecting Spacewars! and the Warcraft series, and Bittanti contributing SimCity and Sensible World of Soccer.

Pop China blog

Rene Patnode of the How They Got Game group is currently teaching in Harbin, China. As he gears up for a return to the U.S. and the life of a graduate student, he has started up a weblog that reflects his current research and interests in Chinese media and popular culture. It's called Pop China.

The Hotel That Time Built

The current featured pick over at the Machinima Archive is "The Hotel That Time Built: The Regenerated Dante Hotel, Phase 1." This movie made in Second Life documents a Stanford Humanites Laboratory (SHL) project called "Life to the Second Power: Animating the Archive," conducted in collaboration with the film and media artist Lynn Hersh

Euclidean Crisis a finalist at IGF

Euclidean Crisis, an innovative real-time strategy game designed by a group of Stanford students with close ties to the How They Got Game project, has been selected as a finalist at the 9th Annual Independent Games Festival, Student Showcase Competition. It was one of ten finalists chosen form more than 100 entries.

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