(This column piece is in Finnish, but the main point is to set the ‘learning through games’ discourse in context, and challenge it by approaching games and play as an end in themselves, as autotelic phenomena.)
Kolumni: “Oppia Peleistä” (julkaistu: Profiili, 2/2009, s. 26-27)
Pelit ovat näinä päivinä näkyvästi otsikoissa: toisaalta hehkutetaan peliteollisuuden saavutuksia ja pelimyyntilukuja, jotka tuntuvat uhmaavan taantumankin vaikutuksia. Toisaalta pelit helposti nousevat otsikoihin myös silloin kun haetaan syitä nuorison henkiseen pahoinvointiin tai fyysisen kunnon rappioon. Harvemmin pysähdytään pohtimaan, mitä pelaaminen itse asiassa nykyihmiselle merkitsee. Mitä pelatessa oppii? Continue reading
Pictured is Dr Per Binde, who was the opening speaker of the gambling/gaming studies seminar which takes place today in the University of Helsinki premises. The seminar is organised by Pelitoiminnan tutkimussäätiö (Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research), and you can find more, including the presentation abstracts from the web page:
Windows 7 Ultimate
The weekend was too busy for this upgrade effort really, but at least I made a decent start:
- getting rid of the old hard disks in my old workstation (they were getting too small for all this data)
- making full transition to the official version of Windows 7 (I bought a boxed set of the Ultimate version)
- migrating all my data to the new, 1,5 TB main disk (Western Digital Caviar Green, I bought two of these)
- setting up an identical disk to my Windows Server 2008 system (the unet.fi main machine)
- setting up some kind of mirroring or synchronization scheme to make data in the workstation and server identical.
The two last steps are the ones I did not have time to do this weekend. Maybe this is a good thing, I need to do further research on the Windows 7 backup and synchronization options. I would really wish for a LAN sync version of Dropbox, but I think that version is not out of beta yet. Any tips for keeping really big data piles backed up & in sync at your home network?
WD Caviar Green, 1,5 TB
I am gradually realising that best tools are often specialized. Take coffee machines, for example. I have tested various combo systems with espresso, regular coffee, cappuchino, whatever, and regularly they fail in some, often in all fronts. It is better to do one thing, well. In the picture we have our new Moccamaster KBG 741 AO. It makes coffee. The light-roasted variety at least tasted rather good. Continuing the tests.
The Games as Services research project (Pelit palveluiksi) studies the impact of online distribution and publication to game industry, game design and player experiences. Recently some new results were published, pointing out how online gaming and game playing in general has become more acceptable among wider audiences. On the other hand, one finding of the study was that many (60 %) of the respondents still preferred to have a physical product of the game at hand. Link to more information (in Finnish): http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/infim/tutkimuskeskus/ajankohtaista.html?id=39949.
I just had to blog this photo, playing the Beatles as the Rock Band version was just so much fun in the opening party of our new department (INFIM) and research centre (TRIM — Tampere Research Center of Information and Media). — You can probably see Timo Nummenmaa as Ringo (drums), and Olli Sotamaa doing the Lennon/McCartney parts (singing, guitar).
Our new survey, Player Barometer 2009, provides comprehensive information about all types of game playing in Finland. The study is freely available as a Finnish language PDF download from here — and it also includes a short English abstract.
From today, this blog will be supporting OpenID authentication [edit: support removed, see the comments], meaning that it is possible to log in and comment using such familiar login names like the ones that you already have at Google.com, Yahoo, LiveJournal, Blogger, Flickr, MySpace, WordPress.com or elsewhere. (Read more from here.) Open registration to this site appeared only to attract spammers, and there are many benefits from using OpenID. And if you are interested in implementing OpenID authenticating at your own site, it is relatively easy these days. (Setting it up into this blog took less than 10 minutes, hooray!