On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

This article is a response to a paper written by Marta Matylda Kania, a Polish philosopher and game designer, entitled Spirit of Seriousness and Bad Faith: On the Meaning of In-game Life. In the paper, Kania argues for an existential distinction between what she terms gameplay situations and a life situations. A gameplay situation is defined by Kania … More On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

On Pokémon GO and the Social Implications of Alternate Reality

Try as I might to contain my excitement about the upcoming Alternate Reality (AR) game from Niantic and The Pokémon Company, I just can’t stop thinking about it. I already know the game itself will leave a lot up to the imagination – it’s most likely going to be similar to Ingress, and likely won’t live up … More On Pokémon GO and the Social Implications of Alternate Reality

The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest

In 2012, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Communications at Cornell University, Jeff Hancock, gave a fascinating and prescient talk entitled The Future of Lying. He discussed how we interact and deceive each other through social media, pointing to 3 new types of lying that have surfaced in the digital era. One of the most fascinating aspects of … More The Death of Lying: How Technology Continues to Make Us More Honest