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A look at gaming academia
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September 22, 2016 - 11:32 am
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Ever since Sargon posted this video GamerGate and Digra have been at war with one another.

But I have been thinking that it is paradoxical, that academics can just write papers about gaming and Gamers, but there is next to nothing written by Gamers about academia.

I would like to see a series of articles about Digra. Where did it come from? Do the papers they write reflect reality? Can they be said to be a neutral observer? And why has the relationship between them and GamerGate become so toxic (just look at #digra on Twitter to see what I mean)?

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I think this has come up several times in the past in some discussions between staff. We may need to revisit it to talk about gaming acedemia some more. To do it right takes a lot of time and commitment, so that's the difficult part right now.

Do know that this is something we are certainly interested in looking at, however.

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Glad to hear that. I have read several Digra papers, and to me it just seems like the authors personal opinions dressed up in academic language. We could just laugh at it, but unfortunately it seems that gaming academia has become a kind of ammunition factory, that provides legitimacy to critics of games and Gamers.

You could try contacting Sargon, he already did a lot of work on this topic, and may be willing to help you.

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Hurin said
Glad to hear that. I have read several Digra papers, and to me it just seems like the authors personal opinions dressed up in academic language. We could just laugh at it, but unfortunately it seems that gaming academia has become a kind of ammunition factory, that provides legitimacy to critics of games and Gamers.

You could try contacting Sargon, he already did a lot of work on this topic, and may be willing to help you.  

To be fair, that does depend on the field of study when it comes to academic papers- it usually is opinions with evidence attempting to back it up.

The need for rebuttals in the same field of academia will help a lot though, along with some outside analysis. 

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A lot of the stuff in Digra papers is demonstratively wrong, it is written by people who get their information from the media (who get their information from places like Digra creating a circle of misinformation), instead of doing actual fieldwork among Gamers.

The deeper problem is that there largely is no preexisting academic work of gaming culture, so the people from Digra can pretty much make stuff up as they go along, because Gamers cannot point to earlier scientific studies proving them wrong.

https://archive.is/9NtZG

This statement made by a Ph.D is not only false, it is simply retarded. But nearly all the literature proving her wrong, is old gaming magazines and fanzines, and very little of it is available to Google search.

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