A new look at digital gaming and the aesthetics of play
Play is a very interesting thing. Somewhat strangely, though, play is not studied as often as are the consequences of play.
The reason for this becomes clear when we try to study play: it is a very hard thing to study. Play resists our scrutiny in characteristically slippery ways. One of these is the degree to which play is dependent on and determined by paradox. In The Nature of Computer Games (2003), I spent a great deal of time focusing on the paradoxical nature of play. In that book, I classified paradoxes according to commonly accepted categories, examined common features of those categories, and concluded that paradoxes—and most particularly play-related paradoxes—are a form of self-reference.
WebGL: Up and Running
In early 1994, Tim Berners-Lee put out an open call for a virtual reality specification for
the Web; Mark Pesce and I answered. Only being able to afford one plane ticket, we sent
Mark to Geneva to present our Labyrinth prototype at the first-ever World Wide Web
Developers’ Conference. With typical bombast,...
Mastering SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Infrastructure Design Design, Produce, and Distribute Reports That Mean Something
Today's DBAs need to know how to work with users, management, and key stakeholders to identify organizational needs and leverage the technology to meet them. Covering intermediate to advanced subjects, such as performance tuning, this book shows you how to build a...
Privacy Protection for E-Services There is a deep need for privacy education and technology with which to educate the e-services industry, and provide it the tools to build privacy preserving e-services. Privacy Protection for E-Services fulfills this need by reporting on the latest advances in privacy protection issues and technologies for e-services, covering important material,... Microsoft Windows XP Power Optimization Want a Faster and More Powerful PC? It's There on Your Desk.
Eventually, it will be time to buy a new PC or put money into an upgrade, but Microsoft Windows XP Power Optimization shows you how to get the most out of your current equipment right now, simply by tuning your Windows setup....
MySQL Troubleshooting: What To Do When Queries Don't Work
I have worked since May 2006 as a principal technical support engineer in the Bugs
Verification Group of the MySQL Support Group for MySQL AB, then Sun, and finally
Oracle. During my daily job, I often see users who are stuck with a problem and have
no idea what to do next. Well-verified methods exist to find the cause of the problem...