The Video Game Major

The New York Times leads their tech section today with a story on the growing number of gaming-oriented academic programs. The article mentions a distinction between game design programs and the study of games as a cultural phenomenon, but doesn't dig much deeper.

Some highlights:

/. on gaming addiction

I take a fair bit of guilty pleasure in how much I enjoy reading the comments on Slashdot. The community's reaction to the slightly weak New Scientist article Gaming fanatics show hallmarks of drug addiction is no exception.

People were pretty quick to take the basic premise of the article apart:

Notes from the Underground: Doom, games, and movies

It could have been the most interesting game-2-movie adaptation, but Andrzej Bartkowiak's Doom is, simply put, a missed opportunity.

Amazon wants you!

This kind of captured my imagination. Amazon has launched Mechanical Turk that lets you make money by doing jobs that humans do better than computers.

The pay is not exactly handsome in fact some would call paying 30 cents for an approved image selection and 75 for writing a product description on little on the cheap side. Then add the fact that you get credit in their store and not cash and Amazon will have found themselves a very inexpensive work force if this Mechanical Turk succeeds.

Welcome to HTGG2!

Welcome to the home of the How They Got Game Project, a project of the Stanford Humanities Lab, here at Stanford University. The aim of this project is to explore the history and cultural impact of a crucial segment of New Media: interactive simulations and video games.

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