Posted on 2015/10/05 by

Crafting Autonomy in Minecraft

Without having to probe very deeply into what it offers as a game, Minecraft can offer an interesting opportunity to experiment with the concept of autonomy. I’ve written a little bit before about individual realization during discussions on concepts such as Maslow’s hierarchy in Minecraft before. On top of self-realization, the game offers interesting insight into such widespread narrative Read More

Posted on 2015/02/17 by

A Squirrel Is Stuck Between An Ocean And A Hard Place

Approaches to AI in virtual systems and Minecraft Yesterday, while wandering around the mLab and procrastinating between deciding to go to bed at a reasonable hour or stay up and work on midterms, I came across something I have seen many times in my Minecraft play. A small non-agressive mob was stuck between the ocean and a Read More

Posted on 2014/11/13 by

On PETA and the appropriation of anti #GAMERGATE rhetoric (in Minecraft)

In past weeknotes, I discussed both the ethics of farming in Minecraft, as well as the role played by the “larger Minecraft community” in shaping culture. I broke down some of the ideological assumptions behind Big Fried Chicken Company, addressing specifically consumerism, fast food consumption, and industrialization. I wrote that we cannot blindly create industrial structures on Minecraft Read More

Posted on 2014/09/20 by

Building Online Community Despite The Gamers

This week, instead of a weeknote focused on #BigFriedChickenCompany and the work my comrades Marie Christine, Sean and Saeed have been contributing to, I’d like to devote some thought to a greater picture with regards to Minecraft. Minecraft is somewhat singular. It’s a computer program which can be run individually by one person, or on a Read More

Posted on 2014/09/14 by

La maison des poules

When I built my hen house, I had two objectives in mind. Build a chicken coop that doesn’t look like a utilitarian box of death (see above) Elegantly figure out some sort of wheat harvesting production to more easily hatch lots of chicks In Minecraft, feeding wheat seeds to two chickens standing near each other will Read More

Posted on 2014/08/16 by

Why #BigFriedChickenCompany

This past week, I spent a large amount of time in a car driving around the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Most of my time was spent either driving along the coast or through what was once farm country. Much of my time during this road trip was spent reading, as I was unable to go online and Read More