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EVE Online

Friday, April 13th, 2012
John Carter McKnight - SL: Kaseido Quandry has been teaching and researching virtual worlds. At VWBPE, he presented Space Makes You Bitter. He gave us a raincheck on a tour of EVE Online. This Saturday, April 14 - he's taking us into the EVE Online sandbox. It may be a little scary - but please come join us! 6pm SLT - EveOnline Overview: Rally Point in Second Life - Front Range… Read More

Gamer Vocabulary

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Dragon Soul Wipe GAMER VOCABULARY Cheat (noun)- In a Virtual World or a video game, a code (whether secret or published) or a series of movements (whether intentionally programmed, a glitch or coded by the player) that can enhance one's abilities, unlock hidden easter… Read More

Week 3 – World of Warcraft

Friday, March 30th, 2012
EduPunxers will be facilitating the next 2 weeks in P2P U 's "A Virtual Worlds, Games and Education" Tour http://p2pu.org/en/groups/a-virtual-worlds-games-and-education-tour/ This week will be mapped to the ISTE NETS for Teachers Seige of Wyrmrest 5   Week… Read More

Heroic Assumptions: Tanking 101

Sunday, January 15th, 2012
What is a Tank? A tank in an MMORPG is basically a character who wears the heaviest armor and their job is to be the center of aggression for whatever is to be tanked. The idea is to be annoying enough to the target that they forget about the rest of the party and focus on beating said tank into mush. This allows the rest of the party to kill the target with minimal damage. You can tank in quest chains, dungeons, or in pvp battlegrounds. The concept is the same annoy the target with special attacks or just being a general nuisance (pvp) to the enemy. So how to annoy, well in WoW there is the concept of aggression or “aggro”. This is simply… Read More

Virtual Worlds Representing in the Edublog Awards

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Since 2004, the Edublog awards have been offering a community driven people’s choice awards for blogs, social media and social networks centered on education.  This year, social media nominations focused on education in virtual worlds was encouraged. EduPunxers are involved with Cognitive Dissonance which is one of the nominees for Best Educational Use of a Social Network. This is the first time that a World of Warcraft guild has been nominated for a EduBlog award. Being part of this guild has been where we started to see our work on Play as… Read More

World of Warcraft, Cognitive Surplus and Theorycraft

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Research Topic EduPunxers ( Abacus, Kavon and our collaborator - Demention Resident) are currently working on. We started to talk about it at the Virtual Worlds UnSymposium World of Warcraft, Cognitive Surplus and Theorycraft. This was our first public discussion on how MMORPG players are using their cognitive surplus to assess… Read More

Virtual Worlds UnSymposium

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium 2011: Games, Play and Community www.vw.unsymposium.org Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, 2011. The Theme for 2011 is Games, Play and Community. This is a fully online, free conference. The Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium is a community building event that provides opportunities for graduate students, alumni and educators to share current practices, network with colleagues, and explore opportunities for professional development, enhancing research, teaching and learning. Second Life on the CAVE sim Read More

More Serious Gaming Fun ….

Monday, October 10th, 2011
A number of our EduPunxers are involved in the Virtual Worlds Unsymposium www.vw.unsymposium.org We're helping organize and facillitating some discussions. So far we are looking at..... Discussion of World of Warcraft, Cognitive Surplus and Theorycraft.  We're going into WoW almost every day and while there have been discussion on how to use it for your class - we really want to get into a discussion that really details the math, statistics and management strategy involved in participating in WoW on a raid level. A rousing game of "Burning Questions/Taboo Topics" - what's… Read More

Games, Play and Community CFP

Monday, September 5th, 2011
CALL FOR PROPOSALS The UnSymposium 2011: Games, Play and Community www.vw.unsymposium.org Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 4-6, 2011. Virtual Worlds Graduate UnSymposium is a community building event that provides opportunities for graduate students, alumni, and educators to share innovative practices, network with colleagues, and explore opportunities for professional development, enhancing research, teaching, and learning. This UnSymposium is particularly interested in works in progress, sessions that provide ample opportunity for symposiast participation, and cutting edge uses of technology… Read More

Games, Play and Community

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Ready for An UnSymposium Let's get started..... We are  planning for the in-depth discussion and collegiality inherent in symposiums, mashing that up with an unconference format, and still allowing  for thoughtful presentations on research and works in progress?   There will be a structured CFP that will be announced on September 1st. This CFP will provide the initial scope of the Unsymposium. Some initial topics being considered are Virtual Worlds, MMORPG(s), Machinima, augmented reality, alternate reality games and a little bit of sub-creation studies. Also during September: Group on Quest Line during… Read More