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October 25, 2014

Miry

Hackergotchi

Video game players and Gamers are different things

25 Oct 2014 - 20:41   (http://www.miriamruiz.es/weblog/?p=749#comments comentario/s)

Even though the Wikipedia defines “gamer” as “someone who partakes in interactive gaming, such as (predominantly) video games or board games”, this doesn’t really gets close to that term means socially at the moment. Going back to Wikipedia, we find that the video game subculture is “a form of new media subculture that has been influenced by video games”, so it might be quite accurate to define gamers as members of that subculture. You will find that most of the uses of the term “gamer” in the social networks and in the blogosphere refer to that. Please notice that, even though it is quite likely that most of the gamers play video games, the other way round does not need to be true and, in fact, it isn’t. Not everyone who plays video games belongs to the video game subculture, shares their point of view, their values and aesthetics, or even know about it. Kind of like what happens with the word “hacker”. Not everyone who hacks around with a computer belongs to the hacker subculture.

Mostly everyone who has access to the technology plays video games now. From babies and kids to grandparents. And people play them in every possible technological system around, not only on video game consoles or personal computers, but alse on mobile phones, tablets, web browsers. And many of those people who use different kind of technologies to play video games are not gamers. Not in the sense of belonging to the video game subculture. It is important to acknowledge that: that the video game subculture does not have the monopoly over video games or the video game developing industry anymore.

As you can imagine, all this rand doesn’t come from nowhere. During the last months, we have been witnessing a fight between some conservative core members of the video game subculture and people who want to bring some fresh air into the sociocultural elements of that subculture. Namely, that women shouldn’t be discriminated inside it. As every time that a women raises her voice to complain about anything in the Internet, they have been subjected to insults, attacks, rape and death threats, etc. I’m talking about something called #GamerGate, and even though I’m not going to get into it, I will provide some URLs in case someone might be interested. Please acknowledge that not all the points of view might be represented in this list (in fact, they are not, as I won’t be promoting in my blog things that I severely disagree with), so search the web for more information if you want to get that.

I’ve never been a gamer myself, meaning part of the subculture I mentioned. At some point I was probably closer tho the core values they had then than I am now. In any case, video games have already consolidated themselves as an important part of current culture, entertainment, education and socialization, and are definitely here to stay. That will probably mean that the percentage of gamers (members of the video game subculture) will become smaller. as the number of non-gamer video game players keeps raising.

October 20, 2014

Hiroshige

Hackergotchi

15 meses

20 Oct 2014 - 11:14   

Ya sabemos que es zurda: usa la mano izquierda para coger el tenedor al comer y los lápices.

October 19, 2014

Al otro lado del Pajares

Hackergotchi

Spit Bridge - Roseville Bridge

19 Oct 2014 - 08:01   

Hoy hice otra ruta por la orilla de uno de los brazos del puerto de Sydney, el Middle Harbour. La ruta comienza en el puente levadizo de Spit, el mismo sitio donde arranca la popular ruta a Manly que ya he hecho un par de veces. En lugar de dirigirme hacia la costa, hoy fui hacia el interior, remontando el Middle Harbour.

Los primeros kilómetros de la ruta transcurren por un barrio acomodado, y luego el camino se introduce en un parque natural. En esta zona se puede observar el aspecto que debía tener todo el puerto de Sydney antes de que la ciudad lo envolviese. Casi todo el camino transcurre en una semisombra entre la abundante vegetación. La ruta enlaza varias sendas y en general está bien señalizada, aunque en algunos puntos clave hay que consultar el mapa y el GPS para orientarse. Hay tramos que están muy bien acondicionados, intercalados con otros que todavía no han arreglado y que tienen pasos algo complicados.

Durante la ruta se rodea una preciosa bahía, se pasa junto a un campo de tiro abandonado y una minúscula y hermosa playa. Como siempre, las formaciones rocosas resultan sorprendentes, y en este caso de manera especial un "puente natural" que desafía el sentido común.

Después de unas horas caminando llegué al Roseville Bridge. No es obvio cómo cruzarlo de forma segura, pero después de algunas vueltas encontré el paso peatonal. Desde el barrio de Roseville inicié el regreso en autobús.