Well yet another amazing meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers has wrapped, and once again I’m reminded that AoIR is where my people are. Now that I’ve been to five of them in a row, I can say that hands down, AoIR is the best place to get my creative juices flowing and get excited about all sorts of amazing things happening outside of game studies.
Rather than heading straight home and getting right back into dissertating, I’m visiting Chicago for the week. “Chee-cago” is the new home of one of my favourite people in game studies — Florence Chee has recently joined the faculty in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. As we finish up our paper for the fast approaching ICA deadline, I’m also doing a series of guest lectures while I’m in town. On Monday I had a chance to speak to some super smart cookies in the LUC Communication & New Media class. We had a really great conversation about trolling, griefing, and the seedy underbelly of Reddit.com. One thing that really struck me was a reminder about just how fast things change when we are talking about online communities. Despite speaking to a room where at least 75% of the students had heard of and/or participated in Reddit, none of them were aware of Grandpa Wiggly/Paw Paw, the subject of my case study that is only about two years old!
Yesterday Florence and I joined Mark Chen‘s game studies class at UW Bothell via Google Hangout to chat about gender and games and tomorrow I’m speaking to a game studies class at LUC on a similar topic. Busy week! Actually… now that I’m thinking about it, I should probably get back to prepping those slides for tomorrow’s lecture! 😉