Issues/Your Take

Video-Blog; News of the Week September 10, 2014

Video-Blog; News of the Week September 10, 2014

This week’s take: EA v. NFL. EA wins by a knock-out (how’s that for mixing metaphors). jon

Video-Blog; News of the Week September 3, 2014

Video-Blog; News of the Week September 3, 2014

This week a few reflections on misogyny, gamers and the Anita Sarkeesian debacle. As well as a quick take on Microsoft’s resistance to a domestic warrant for overseas materials. jon

Video-Blog; News of the Week August 27, 2014

Video-Blog; News of the Week August 27, 2014

Will work out the bugs in sound and colour, but here is a first attempt at a short weekly video blog where focussing on the weeks news. This episode is a take on misogyny in and out of games, and its changing future. Thanks for watching. Please feed back. jon

The “Evolution of Gaming” & Magnavox v. Mattel

The “Evolution of Gaming” & Magnavox v. Mattel

Today marks the start of EVOLUTION, a curated and playable exhibition that highlights the early days of the video-game industry. In the words of the curators (which includes Video Game Law guest speaker Dr. Kimberly Voll): “EVOLUTION brings back the arcade and living-room hits (and misses) of the ’70s and ’80s, while exploring some of the […]

Remixing and Sexism: An Opportunity for Moral Rights Claims?

Remixing and Sexism: An Opportunity for Moral Rights Claims?

In class two weeks ago we discussed the systemic problem of sexism in video games. Two examples of this were the “hot coffee” mod in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and the recent “shower screenshots” from Beyond Two Souls. The Beyond Two Souls example involved a scene in the game that involved the female lead character taking a shower. […]

Isn’t there a right to be ourselves?

Isn’t there a right to be ourselves?

“The most desirable thing in the world is freedom to be true to oneself, i.e., Honesty” – Susan Sontag (at 14 years old) Following our two most recent classes,  this post  on the subject of the overt discrimination against women in games might be helpful in crystallizing some of our discussions. At the very least, […]

Regulatory unbundling coverage @CBC

Regulatory unbundling coverage @CBC

During our discussion with Sheridan Scott this week, it occurred to me that it might be useful in some way to po st the following clip. Perhaps most appropriate to post in in News of the Week (since it actually made the news last week). The clips broach the issue of consumer choice  in two […]

Red Cross & simulated war crime poll question

Red Cross & simulated war crime poll question

From todays class, the slide with poll question following. Feel free to any additional thoughts by posting a reply… jon

The Easy Difficulty Setting

The Easy Difficulty Setting

In class today, on the topic of sexism in videogames, Jon closed with an anecdote about navigating his way out a building with heavy, cumbersome boxes. The unforeseen obstructions that littered his path made what should have been an easy trip into a complicated affair; one that needed to be travelled carefully and with planning. […]

Games, Violence, and Your Brain

Games, Violence, and Your Brain

The ongoing battle over the psychological effects of violent games continues in a recent study published in the most recent edition of Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking. From the abstract: Christian Happ and his colleagues recruited 60 students (20 men) with varied video gaming experience and had them spend 15 minutes playing the violent and bloody beat-em-up game Mortal […]