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Cole Gleason

Ph.D. student at the Human-Computer Interaction Institue at CMU. I work on accesibility technology for the blind.

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Where are the space utopias?

Why do game designers (and players) love a futuristic dystopia so much? As we have been discussing stories lately, it has made me think more about the themes of games I play and the other media I consume. I'm a bit of a geek, and love sci-fi stories, but I sort of hate how few utopian science fiction stories there are out there. Why don't game designers create more?

February 22, 2018 . . comments

Is a Challenge a Game?

This week we read [I Have No Words & I Must Design: Toward a Critical Vocabulary for Games](http://www.digra.org/wp-content/uploads/digital-library/05164.51146.pdf) by Greg Costikyan, which lays out the words game designers would use to determine if something is considered as a game. I believe this vocabulary will help me answer a question I have been toying with for the past few weeks: Is a challenge a game?

February 8, 2018 . . comments

A Maximizer in Tax Seaoson

Being the end of January, tax season is here, and I have always enjoyed doing my taxes. I find it's like a game to get the highest score (return). Several of my friends think I'm nuts, but I often find spreadsheets and statistics engaging, rather than a boring task. This has popped up several times in the games I have played throughout the years.

January 24, 2018 . . comments