Do digital media harm our brains? Don’t be so sure

By Chris Meadows
September 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Does digital media harm our intelligence? Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield has been making claims to that effect for some time, especially with regard to children. She’s written a number of books on the subject. But such claims tend to be of a piece with the worries of every generation about [...]

Pokémon Go and the implications of augmented reality

By Chris Meadows
September 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve been playing a lot more of the geolocation augmented-reality game Ingress lately, and have been considering writing up a report on what the experience has been like. But this morning I learned about a related augmented-reality game, also being made by Google subsidiary Niantic, that could be [...]

Offensive game causes stir on DriveThruRPG PDF store

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

One of my earliest long articles, written for Jeff Kirvin’s “Writing On Your Palm” before I ever came to TeleRead, was a piece called “Whither the PDA D&D?” in which I looked at the emergence of role-playing game books in digital form, largely as PDFs. I wondered if we might ever see [...]

Vysor Chrome extension mirrors your Android device to PC

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever wanted to use Android apps on your desktop? Here’s another way. TechCrunch reports on the beta release of a Chrome extension called Vysor that will let you mirror your Android phone or tablet display to your PC. First announced in a Reddit thread, the app now has its own web site, as well as [...]

Citing privacy concerns, BitTorrent trackers ban Windows 10 users

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know your operating system has privacy problems when the pirates start banning it. Seriously, TorrentFreak reports that a number of BitTorrent sites are actively banning Windows 10 users from connecting to their trackers, out of fear that the operating system could be snitching on them to [...]

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How were people going to afford to be able to continue making art, he asked, if people just wanted to [...]

‘The lurkers support me in email’: An analysis of GamerGate in the media

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Whether you agree or disagree with its tenets, GamerGate has been an important part of the new digital media frontier over the last year or so. It’s one of the biggest demonstrations of the power of Internet media (including, in one instance, a self-published e-book) to organize and amplify the [...]

Retro games market shows piracy doesn’t always win

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Piracy might not be as bad of a scourge to business as some people make out. Or at least, that’s what Techdirt’s Timothy Geigner suggests, based on an article about price hikes in the retro video game market. Retro video games are some of the most easily-pirated, most often-emulated media [...]

Codigo Cube QR code dice: An idea whose time came and went

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 4 Comments

When new technology and old technology meet, it can sometimes cause a big headache. At Gen Con this weekend, I saw some interesting-looking gizmos at a game shop’s stall in the dealer room, and plunked down $20 to purchase them. They were “Codigo Cubes”—dice with QR codes printed on each [...]

Gen Con Trade Day offers useful advice for librarians, educators, retailers

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Although Gen Con technically doesn’t commence until tomorrow, today Gen Con held a special industry-and-educators-only event called Gen Con Trade Day. Since I am attending the convention on a press pass, I was also eligible to attend. There were panels available to librarians, educators, and game [...]

Unauthorized Mass Effect RPG temporarily nominated for three ENnie Awards

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s an odd little self-e-publishing story that hits unexpectedly close to home for me—in the literal sense. Over the last few days, ENWorld announced the list of ENnie Award nominees for 2015—the yearly role-playing-game-industry fan-based awards that are given out at Gen Con here in [...]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a [...]

For your Hugo consideration: Designers & Dragons

By Chris Meadows
January 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a quick reminder: nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards are upon us, and if you signed up for last year’s (to get the entire Wheel of Time series that was included in the Hugo voter packet, for example) you’re eligible to nominate now. Nominations are open through March 10, and you can [...]

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