Articles, musings, reviews, and opinions about a variety of topics, hence the name Words of Whatever.
You may be thinking, “Well that seems like an unfocused mess.” The intention, however, is to provide a wide range of perspectives and ideas about the world of digital media and instructional design.
I have been reading The Social Organism by Oliver Luckett and Michael J. Casey. It is a good read about half-way through so far. It looks at nature of social media through the lens of biological processes. Humans drive the life of the networked system, so therefore...read more
When it comes to learning support in video games, all games differ. What I mean by learning support is how well does the game support the player’s learning. Most games have a tutorial system in one form, or another. Some are part of the narrative of the game and some...read more
I am struggling finding a way to engage with this World of Warcraft community space. What approach should I take to get something out of this project? I need to sit down and develop a focus because it’s not going to get me anywhere just lurking and commenting. How I’m...read more
I am starting a research project for my Master’s degree piece of paper that I will buy a cheap frame for and hang on my wall next to the Doctor Who TARDIS print that I bought at the Denver Comic Con last year. The researech is about the ideas and obstacles regarding...read more
I can easily get impatient with games at times. It even isn't unheard of for me to sigh, roll my eyes, tap my foot, and bite my tounge when things start testing my patience in the real world. A new game called For Honor, a third-person melee fighting game by Ubisoft...read more
I feel like I have read at least portions of this chapter by John Gee, or variations on it. Maybe I haven’t, or I didn’t read that close the first time around. This time I dug in and pulled the thing apart. Learning and Games breaks down how we interact with video...read more
I used to play World of Warcraft consistently until a few years ago. Time always gets the better of us, but now I have a chance to get back into the game. I am studying Games and Learning and part of that is to join a gaming affinity space—forum, community, etc.—so I...read more
This Games and Learning class I am taking is providing me the guidance and insights necessary to explore games on a deeper level than if I were just playing, or reviewing them. Being able to interact with the class and materials via twitter, blog posts, hypothes.is...read more
World of Warcraft is a game that I love to hate. I haven't played since just before Pandaria released except for the occasional login to putz around a bit. I downloaded the Legion expansion when it released to see what all the fuss was about. I leveled my...read more
I want to take a step back and look at how we look at games for education rather than looking at the learning qualities of the games themselves. That’s a lot of looks. If anything, this is to help myself better understand the context of studying games and learning....read more
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