Jul 10 2012

Turbo Rant 9 – Coming soon to a MP3 player near you!

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In this turbo rant I briefly address the two month hiatus I’ve been on and let you know I’m ready to go again!

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No show notes, so here’s a summary:

  • I’m alive and well.
  • I’ll explain the reasons behind the hiatus once they’re all behind me.
  • Episode 24 should be ready sometime next week.
  • THANK YOU for your continued support!
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Apr 23 2012

Episode 23 – Competitive Games and Relationships

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In this episode we talk about competitive games and how they can affect the relationships between players depending on their social inclinations, and whether or not they consider each other to be friends.

Show notes:

Bumper music:
Main theme from “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” by Jeremy Soule

G&L Choir productions (acapella multitrack covers):
(Zelda: A Link to the Past) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbeQu_8NNRg
(F-Zero) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euivPgbXxDQ

“Testosterone and Competitive Play” article by Daniel Cook:
http://www.lostgarden.com/2009/11/testosterone-and-competitive-play.html

Free Domain Radio (hosted by Stefan Molyneux):
http://www.freedomainradio.com/

Complete Liberty (hosted by Wes Bertrand):
http://www.completeliberty.com/

Porc Therapy (hosted by Stephanie Murphy):
http://www.porctherapy.com/

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Mar 26 2012

Episode 22 – Math Geeks and Bank Heists

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In this episode we talk about game theory, the mathematical assumptions that are made when one applies it, and the errors made by the first people to apply it in a major way.

Show notes:

Bumper music:
Music from “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night” (Master Librarian) by Michiru Yamane

Unit on Game Theory on Learner.org:
http://www.learner.org/courses/mathilluminated/units/9/textbook/01.php

Game Tree:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_tree

Payoff Matrix:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal-form_game

Corbett Report Episode 175: The RAND Corporation Exposed:
http://www.corbettreport.com/episode-175-the-rand-corporation-exposed/

The Trap Episode 1 – “Fuck You Buddy”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZt2HhFXB3M

Tit for Tat:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_for_tat

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Mar 16 2012

Turbo Rant 8 – Three Horses and a Speech Contest

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In this Turbo Rant I explain why I haven’t published an episode in the last few weeks, as well as why there’s no reason to worry.

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Toastmasters International Speech Contests explained:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toastmasters_International#International_Speech_Contest

Raph Koster’s Website:
http://www.raphkoster.com/

The Gaming and Liberty Daily:
http://paper.li/GamingNLiberty/1328232615

Rock Joe MTL’s gamertag:
http://www.xboxgamertag.com/search/rock-joe-mtl/

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Feb 28 2012

Episode 21 – Video Game Addiction (Part 2) – Zynga and Slot Machines

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In this episode we take another look at the phenomenon of video game addiction. Specifically, we’ll be looking at facebook games and their potential links with slot machines.

Show notes:

Bumper music:
Theme from “Sonic the Hedgehog 2″ (Casino Night Zone) by Masato Nakamura

Betable blog entry “Exposing Social Gaming’s Hidden Lever”:
http://blog.betable.com/exposing-social-gamings-hidden-lever/

Wikipedia entry on reinforcement schedules:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinforcement#Schedules_of_reinforcement

University of Cambridge feature “The Psychology of Gambling”:
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/the-psychology-of-gambling/

Dr Luke Clark:
http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?lc260

University of Waterloo paper “Addictive Gameplay: What Casual Game Designers Can Learn from Slot Machine Research” by K. Harrigan, K. Collins, M. Dixon and J. Fugelsang:
http://uwaterloo.academia.edu/KarenCollins/Papers/198772/_Addictive_Gameplay_What_Casual_Game_Designers_Can_Learn_from_Slot_Machine_Research._

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Feb 08 2012

Episode 20 – Facebook Games Aren’t Social!

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In this episode we take a look at social networking games, why they aren’t social, and explore what it would take to make them social.

Show notes:

Bumper music:
Title theme for “Megaman 2″ by Manami Matsumae

My interview on the School Sucks podcast:
http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/entry/2012-02-02T16_17_43-08_00
(video preview)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u6GSG4YfIY

Mike Sellers’ blog post “The (Psychological) Development of ‘Social’ Games”:
http://onlinealchemy.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/the-psychological-development-of-social-games/

Greg Costikyan’s article “Death to the Games Industry: Long Live Games (part 1)”:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_8/50-Death-to-the-Games-Industry-Part-I

Gamasutra article “Unsocial ‘Social’ Games”:
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6387/unsocial_social_games.php

Clarifications on the “CoD: Black Ops” jargon:
http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/Flak_Jacket
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M18A1_Claymore_Antipersonnel_Mine

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Jan 22 2012

Episode 19 – SOPA, Video Game Piracy, and Folding Chairs

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In this Episode, we talk about the SOPA and PIPA bills that were recently discussed in Washington DC, how they could affect independant video game developers, and why we should remain vigilant despite these bills being pulled.

Show notes:

Bumper music:
“Overture” (from Final Fantasy VIII) by Nobuo Uematsu

Clay Shirky’s TED talk “Why SOPA is a bad idea”:
http://www.ted.com/talks/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html

First Principles 8 – Intellectual Property and Copyright:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY57F7QCAPw

Gamasutra Analysis “SOPA and its effect on digital distribution for independent development”:
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/39605/Analysis_SOPA_and_its_effect_on_digital_distribution_for_independent_development.php

Edge Games:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_Games

“Stand Together: The Gaming Community vs SOPA and PIPA”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp8S8eJkMW8

“How the Internet blackout affected congressional support for PIPA/SOPA”:
http://boingboing.net/2012/01/19/how-the-internet-blackout-affe.html

“ESA withdraws support of SOPA after bill is tabled”:
http://www.shacknews.com/article/72094/esa-withdraws-support-of-sopa-after-bill-is-tabled

“Could SOPA Rise From the Dead?”:
http://mashable.com/2012/01/20/could-sopa-rise-from-the-dead/

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Jan 11 2012

Episode 18 – Video Game Addiction (Part 1) – Introduction and Neural Evidence

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In this episode we take a first look at video game addiction, covering a basic definition, the differences found between the brains of gamers and non gamers, and taking a look at possible solutions.

Show notes:

Bumper music:
“Chinatown Wars” (theme from Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars) by Ghostface Killah and MF Doom.

Web ressource on video game addiction:
http://www.video-game-addiction.org/

Reuters article “Keen video-gamers’ brains may reward them more”:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/15/brain-gaming-idUSL3E7MF2FG20111115

“The neural basis of video gaming” paper:
http://www.nature.com/tp/journal/v1/n11/full/tp201153a.html

Free Talk Live show on February 28th, 2011:
http://www.freetalklive.com/content/podcast_2011_02_28

Uproxx article “How to manage your online gaming addiction”:
http://www.uproxx.com/feature/2010/02/how-to-manage-your-online-gaming-addiction/

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Dec 19 2011

Episode 17 – A Look at Video Game Violence

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In this episode we talk about video game violence, exploring why video games have such a strong tendency towards violence, whether or not that’s a bad thing, and what can be done about it.

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Bumper music:
Theme from “Battletoads in Battlemaniacs” (Ragnarok Canyon level) by Matt Furniss and David Wise

Jesse Schell’s speech “Make Games, Not War”:
http://vimeo.com/25681002

Escapist article “Amazon Ranks Best-Selling Games of 2011″:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/114694-Amazon-Ranks-Best-Selling-Games-of-2011

Koopa Troopa:
http://www.mariowiki.com/Koopa_Troopa

“Story” by Robert McKee:
http://www.amazon.com/Story-Substance-Structure-Principles-Screenwriting/dp/0060391685

“Foundation” by Isaac Asimov:
http://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Novels-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553382578/

Salvor Hardin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvor_Hardin


CBS article “Can a video game lead to murder?”:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/04/60minutes/main678261.shtml

Dialog tree:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialog_tree

Pareto principle (the 80-20 rule):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_principle

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Dec 05 2011

Episode 16 – Introducing Games for Change

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In this episode we look at Games for Change, and analyze some of the games in their arcade.

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Bumper music:
“Area 1″ (gameplay from Rez) by Keiichi Sugiyama, Tomonori Sawada, Koji Sakurai, and Masafumi Ogata

Games for Change:
http://www.gamesforchange.org/

Popular talks from 2011 Games for Change Festival:
http://www.gamesforchange.org/2011/07/g4c2011-most-popular-talks/

Win the White House:
http://www.icivics.org/games/win-white-house

Context of the Ann Coulter clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgsKKS1dvXs

Sandra Day O’Connor:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Day_O%27Connor

Sweatshop:
http://www.playsweatshop.com/

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