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    About Jessica Hammer

    Game scholar, game design educator, game designer, and most of all enthusiastic game player!

    http://www.replayable.net

    Play My Game – For Science!

    by  • August 26, 2013 • News • Comments Off on Play My Game – For Science!

    As part of my ongoing research, I’m trying to figure out how people learn complex concepts from playing games. Right now, I’m trying to recruit people to help me test my theories. This involves playing a game, reading some short vignettes, choosing explanations for why things happened in the vignettes, and answering a few...

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    Gaming on the Move

    by  • August 7, 2013 • Essays • 2 Comments

    Almost exactly a year ago, my partner Chris and I went on one of our very favorite hikes. Halfway up the mountain, we stopped and looked at each other. We were both exhausted, panting, and red-faced. “I guess we let ourselves get a little bit out of shape,” he said. “So let’s get the...

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    This Week in the News

    by , and  • December 23, 2012 • News • 3 Comments

    Kira: In the world of “what might have been”, we found out that there were women fighter pilots cut from Star Wars, Return of the Jedi. Do you have a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in your life?  In response to a movement by a thirteen-year-old named McKenna Pope, Hasbro will be releasing a gender neutral...

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    A Gamer’s Library: The Retrieval Artist Series

    by  • December 21, 2012 • Reviews • Comments Off on A Gamer’s Library: The Retrieval Artist Series

    The Book The Retrieval Artist series, Kristine Kathryn Rusch. (A full series list can be found here. The series also includes the novellas The Retrieval Artist, an ‘origin story’ of sorts for Miles Flint; The Recovery Man’s Bargain, a countertext to Recovery Man; and The Possession of Paavo Deshin, a stand-alone story set in the same universe.) Synopsis...

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    Dear Gaming As Women: MtG Planeswalkers

    by , and  • November 14, 2012 • Dear GAW • 3 Comments

    Welcome to the latest installment of Dear Gaming As Women! We invite our readers to asks us anything – and we’ll do our best to offer informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining answers. In today’s letter, a reader asks for insight on gender representation in MtG: Dear Gaming as Women, The central characters in Magic: the Gathering...

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    Dear Gaming As Women: Men Roleplaying as Women

    by , , and  • October 25, 2012 • Dear GAW • 14 Comments

    Welcome to latest installment of Dear Gaming As Women! We invite our readers to asks us anything – and we’ll do our best to offer informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining answers. In today’s letter, a reader asks for advice on playing women: Dear Gaming as Women, They say a sensible starting point when playing in a...

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    Gender, RPG Publication, and SCIENCE! (Part I)

    by  • September 19, 2012 • Essays • 5 Comments

    Our very own Elizabeth Sampat asked a question the other day on Twitter. “Are female indie RPG designers,” she wondered, “less likely to publish a second game than male indie RPG designers?” She pointed out that several women she knew had very negative reactions to their first games, and this might be affecting their...

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