June 30, 2011

Public Domain Images Are Just That — Public

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By Parker Phinney

This spring, I worked as a Dartmouth Digital Studies Fellow on the Usable Images project and the MetadataGames project.
The Problem=====
Several United States Federal agencies maintain repositories of public domain images. These repositories have thousands of images with practical uses. For example, a health sciences professor creating a textbook to share for free on line is greatly helped by the public domain (free of copyright restrictions) images available for free on the Center for Disease Control’s website, which range from photographs of disease symptoms, to microscope slides, and beyond.

June 26, 2011

Concrete Perl

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Concrete Perl

a set of four concrete poems realized as 32-character
Perl programs

by Nick Montfort

You can download the linked Perl files and/or simply copy and paste the following four lines, which correspond to the four titles above:

  • perl -e '{print"a"x++$...$"x$.,$,=_;redo}'
  • perl -e '{print$,=$"x($.+=.01),a..z;redo}'
  • perl -e '{print" ".chr for 32..126;redo}'
  • perl -e '{print$",$_=(a..z)[rand$=];redo}'

June 20, 2011

Town of Woodstock is Completely Digitized!

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Digital Art Panel: Photo Courtesy of Marcin Ramocki

The weekend event of the year: the first Woodstock Digital Media Festival in Woodstock Vermont! The morning started the proceedings with two parallel panels: one on digital art (with discussants Christiane Paul, gallerists from Postmasters, Marcin Ramocki, and Mary Flanagan), and the other on digital media journalism, commerce, and nonprofits. Both were packed last Saturday!

The evening ended with a bang (or, a MOO?) at a working farm almost on midsummer’s night. Nullsleep played tunes that reverberated the classic post and beam renovated barn.

June 18, 2011

XO and GUI Found in Curveship’s Alphabet Soup

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I went by to OLPC (One Laptop Per Child, the nonprofit that has created and deployed worldwide the green laptop for kids) yesterday for some discussion of narrative interfaces. I explained the basics of Curveship and what was interesting about it from my perspective, mentioning that one could hook the narrating engine up to something other than an interactive fiction world. I also found out that others had some of their own, very interesting, ideas.

Chris Ball, for instance, showed a proof-of-concept where he hooked up the simulated world of Curveship’s Cloak of Darkness, the classic simulated example world, to a graphical display and a graphical system for inputting commands:

June 16, 2011

A Different Kind of Woodstock Summer!

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Project Noah map image - world map

Streetmapping art and various psychogeographic events have taken hold of the imagination of artists and participants over the past decade, in part due to a reaction (ranging from delight to dismay) to advances in geographic information systems and the proliferation of on-demand, amazingly detailed maps such as Google maps, and due to an interest in re-politicizing the growing number of corporately owned and controlled spaces in urban life.

The artists, business people, and open source mappers assembling in a quaint Vermont town on Saturday June 18th for the first Woodstock Digital Media Festival provide a range of projects to satisfy those curious about how we understand space through experiencing and making maps.

Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in the Game Design Process (IDP 11)

Adam Smith (also of EIS) and I are organizing a new workshop to be co-located with AIIDE 2011 on the intersection of AI and game design. Game AI usually refers to controlling interesting agents in a game world, but this workshop is focused on how AI can assist during the game design process itself. Our belief is that bringing concerns from design studies, computational creativity, and game production into contact with AI can result in a radically new and productive view of AI in games.

June 15, 2011

Tiltfactor going to Gen Con!

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Tiltfactor is going to Gen Con this year! Held in Indianapolis, Indiana August 4-7, 2011, Gen Con is “the original, longest running, best attended, gaming convention in the world.”

We will have an exhibit booth, demoing our latest game, the 2nd Edition of POX: Save the People, as well as a couple of other surprises. More details to come as we get nearer to Gen Con.

June 12, 2011

POX 2: The POX Strikes Back

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The Tiltfatory is cranking on the 2nd Edition of POX. 2nd Edition includes minor tweaks to the game board, cards, and the game instructions. If all goes well, we hope to have POX 2nd Edition game sets available by late August. What’s so awesome is that we are already getting pre-orders for the 2nd Edition. MUCHO THANKS!

Pre-Order now at a discounted price, now through 7/25!

Pre-Order POX 2nd Edition set

June 9, 2011

World’s Hottest Platforms 2011

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Ian Bogost and I were thinking about the Platform Studies series today, as we are wont to do. There are two books in the series that are nearing completion now, which we are delighted about, but there are many more to be written. We were talking about some platforms that we thought were large and low-hanging fruit for any interested authors – ones that would be great to write about. These are a few platforms or families of platforms that seem to us to have interesting technical aspects, diverse and important historical connections, a good amount of worthwhile cultural production, and a number of adherents:

June 8, 2011

A New Game Studies Brings Racing Reviews

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A new issue of Game Studies, the pioneering open-access journal that deals with computer and video games, is out. Of particular note – to me, at least – is that among this issues eight book reviews are two reviews of the book I wrote with Ian Bogost, Racing the Beam.

The two reviews are “Hackers, History, and Game Design: What Racing the Beam Is Not” by José P. Zagal and “The fun is back!” by Lars Konzack.

Generador de la Historia “The Two” en Español

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Thanks to Carlos León, there is now a Spanish version, “Los Dos,” of my simple but (I think) provocative story generator “The Two.” The system was previously translated into French as “Les Deux” by Serge Bouchardon.

Stop by and check them out; all three are available in JavaScript versions that run right away in a browser. For those who are interested, the original Klingon, er, Python, is also available for each of the three languages.

June 5, 2011

Tiltfactor’s Empathy Research in the News

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A recent talk by Jonathan Belman spurred interest across Canada! Go Values at Play! You can read some of this published material in our article on empathy. Jonathan is continuing this work in his dissertation.

McDowell, Adam. “How High Is Your Empathy Score? The National Post. 3 June 2011. Available at: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/06/03/how-high-is-your-empathy-score/

June 1, 2011

Digital Culture Fulbright Opportunity at the University of Bergen

from Scott Rettberg
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Davin Heckman will be joining us at the University of Bergen in August as our 2011-2012 Fulbright scholar in Digital Culture. Applications are now open for the 2012-2013 position. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2011.

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