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August 11, 2012
In Defense of Competition
On sport, games, success, and failure
On her blog, my Georgia Tech colleague Amy Bruckman writes about her dissatisfaction with this year's Olympics. While she loved the games as a kid, Bruckman wonders if her new feelings of disappointment arise from watching them as an educator rather than as a little girl: "I look at young ...
October 31, 2011
Steven Connor on Winning
There are lots of great excerpts to share from Steven Connor's new book A Philosophy of Sport. Here's one: The sudden approach of the finish line involves a significant shift of effort. Instead of pushing forward, to overcome a considerable and continuing resistance, you are about to break through from ...
The Philosophy of Sport
Seminar and Studio, Fall 2011
This course is a seminar on the theory of sport, with an interest in its historical, philosophical, sociological, and political-economic implications. The course will primarily consist of readings and discussion of some key texts in the history and philosophy of sport. While the readings themselves will not primarily deal with ...
November 26, 2010
What is a Sports Videogame?
Video of my Vienna Games Conference Keynote
Earlier this fall I gave a keynote at the Vienna Games Conference, aka Future and Reality of Gaming, or FROG. The video of the talk has now been posted, and you can watch it in its entirety. The talk tries to answer the question in the title... the gist of ...
July 2, 2010
There are no Blown Calls in Football
On World Cup officiating and the nature of Soccer
The topic of World Cup officiating came up in the comments on my recent Gamasutra column. I offered some thoughts there, but given the fact that the quarter final matches will start up today, it seemed worth rescuing those thoughts from the noise of web page comments. Specifically, I've been ...
June 30, 2010
Plumbing the Depths
On the familiar and the unfamiliar in games. From my "Persuasive Games" column at Gamasutra.
August 9, 2008
Ordinary Olympians
Why athletic excellence alone cannot be appreciated
My sister-in-law Susannah is a world-class gymnast. Despite the fact that her event, tumbling, is much, much more atheletic and arresting than plain old artistic gymnastics, it didn't make the cut even for exhibition at the Beijing games. That may have something to do with China's weak performance in the ...
May 28, 2008
Zimmer Base Ball and Cigars
115 years of sports game adaptation
I have an interest in game adaptation, something that we normally think of only as it relates to film-to-game licensing. In our forthcoming book on the Atari VCS, Nick Montfort and I also discuss another kind of videogame adaptation that was once its primary form: from arcade coin-ops to home ...