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TAG Lab Welcomes Critical Hit!

If you stopped by the TAG lab this week, you might have been surprised to see all of the changes. We’ve moved everything around and brought in some new faces! That’s because this is the first week of Critical Hit: Jam Factory! The lab has been transformed into an awesome jam space. Sixteen participants will […]


  Critical Hit: not just something that happens when the random number generator in your favourite Japanese Role-Playing Game decides to grace you and your characters with a temporary (and often obscene) boost in your damage output. I’m here today to tell you about a different kind of Critical Hit; a kind that can only […]

Game History Annual Symposium – Montreal, June 27-28

Pleased to announce the upcoming Game History Annual Symposium to be held June 27 & 28, 2014 at Grande Bibliothèque, Montréal, 475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est, Montréal, QC. The 2014 edition of the symposium features panels on the many communities and social practices that define the history of video games: the role of engineers, game […]


Although we may never have been forced to deal with it ourselves, I’m certain that many of us have witnessed the utter desperation of those who form the perfect target audience for a game like Grand Theft Auto 5 but, due to classification laws and regulations, are too young to purchase it for themselves. So […]

‘Atlantis Transcends’, My Educational Minecraft Experience

The summer is coming and I am drinking in the sweet success of having finished my undergraduate. After four years of attending lecture after lecture, it was a refreshing change to attend ENGL 398E: Video Games and/as Theory in my last semester and do something a bit different. Our Professor Darren Wershler proposed a semester […]

Ukrainian Minecraft Black Market

A few days ago I received the following email: “Dear Robinson, I bought your account for minetsraft apparently you do not play this game and someone put up for sale your account. I am a poor student and I live in Ukraine, could you give me your account to play minecraft?” [sic] This email came […]

Ontological vs Analytical Frameworks

I recently read through Sebastian Möring’s excellent article “The Metaphor-Simulation Paradox in the Study of Computer Games” (2013), and it got me to thinking about how easily discussions of analytic and ontological frameworks bleed into each other (not to accuse of Möring of this – more on that later). Möring’s argument starts from three observations: […]