Interactive Storytelling of the Less-Virtual Variety
Academic Research / Computer Culture

Interactive Storytelling of the Less-Virtual Variety

What do American Idol, lonelygirl15, and Invisible Children have in common? They were all instituted to function based off of mass audience interactions and they all deliver strong and dramatically-compelling narratives.  The idea of interactive preexists video games and virtual worlds, and it’s alway refreshing to go back and examine new ways that interactivity plays out in … Continue reading

Reverse Engineering the Brain and the ELIZA Effect: Is Believability Ethical?
Computer Culture

Reverse Engineering the Brain and the ELIZA Effect: Is Believability Ethical?

Pet Society, Tamagotchi, Milo Over winter break this past year, I went to a conference in Chicago for Graduate and Faculty Christians. I found myself having to choose between the Engineering track and the Math track (I went with Engineering). At the conference were some well known researchers, such as Fred Brooks and Francis Collins. … Continue reading

"The Most Important Video Game Yet Made" – The Beatles: Rock Band, Debated
Computer Culture / Game Reviews

"The Most Important Video Game Yet Made" – The Beatles: Rock Band, Debated

First, if you haven’t heard about it, come tomorrow (9-9-09), The Beatles: Rock Band is released.  In preparation for its receptions, the game has instigated a lively inter-generational debate.  The lines are not so clearly drawn as to which communities or generations rest on which side, which makes it quite a unique situation. Many people, … Continue reading

Edutainment and Lessons "Learned" from Commercial Video Games: Jazz Band Revolution
Computer Culture / Game Reviews

Edutainment and Lessons "Learned" from Commercial Video Games: Jazz Band Revolution

“Jazz Band Revolution” …. Trust me, this is a great idea. A fellow EIS labmate recently gave a class presentation about the “Edutainment Fail.”  To its credit, edutainment is responsible for my first interactions with desktop computers.  Games such as Oregon Trail, Logo Writer, some lemonade stand game, and that typing game were widely used … Continue reading