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Maine State Senator Playing Orc on World of Warcraft Elected Despite Opponents Attacks On Her Gaming Hobby
by Hawke Robinson published Nov 08, 2012 last modified Aug 14, 2015 03:43 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Colleen Lachowicz, Democrat for Maine state senate, won despite attacks claiming concern over her "fitness for office" due to her online "disturbing alter ego". These attacks from her opposition were targeting her online gaming in World of Warcraft...
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Miscellaneous RPG Research Reports Out There
by Hawke Robinson published Oct 25, 2012 last modified Jun 11, 2020 04:39 PM — filed under: , , , ,
I was recently performing some general searching for any other research related to role-playing games that I might have previously missed, and found a few odds and ends. I'm posting links to what I found here. I will later go over them in more depth, analyze, and comment accordingly. Of course, the much larger list is here: http://rpgr.org/documents/list-of-other-rpg-research-projects
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MMORPG research, some initial thoughts.
by Hawke Robinson published Jun 06, 2011 last modified Aug 17, 2015 02:45 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
A few months ago I tried out a number of computer-based RPGs. I've dabbled with different ones over the decades and always felt they were flat, 2-dimensional, boring, hack-n-slash and quickly uninteresting. I thought I would get a more up to date view of the most popular ones. Here are some of my initial experiences. I plan to spend more time over coming months digging deeper of course...
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Notes from experiments on RPG optimization (Standard Non-therapeutic/education settings)
by Hawke Robinson published May 25, 2017 last modified Jun 27, 2020 03:47 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Here is a summary of many observations I have made through various experiments in trying to optimize the RPG experience. These are based both on observations (most of which include thousands of hours of recorded RPG sessions), verbal feedback, and formal assessment forms from participants. Scores of variables were taken into consideration and repeatedly tweaked to try to find some level of causal changes, but at this stage are probably only at best correlative, in the enjoyment levels of participants. There are plenty of potential confounds here, and so every statement should have that taken into consideration that these should be further researched with more rigorous techniques. However, implementation of these observations does seem to have lead to consistently higher assessment & observation scores. I hope others find this useful for trying to optimize your own RPG setting. This was a non-therapeutic and non-educational setting, it was only for standard leisure activity of tabletop role-playing games.
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Notes from experiments on RPG optimization - Maximizing enjoyment, benefit, immersion, flow, safety, etc.
by Hawke Robinson published May 25, 2017 last modified Jun 27, 2020 03:50 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Here is a summary of many observations I have made over the decades through various experiments in trying to optimize the RPG experience. This is from a huge pile of hundreds of documents I have written, spanning over 15+ years of research (and nearly 40 years of RPG experience). It will likely take me a year or more to finish integrating all that information into this document. All of the placeholder topics I currently have documents to fill in the blanks, but I time is the challenge in doing so. Bit by bit I am uploading all that content to here.
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Participation Registration Progressing
by Hawke Robinson published Mar 15, 2012 last modified Aug 14, 2015 11:41 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Though it has been slow, people are bit by bit registering to participate in the research project in one form or another.
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Planning for VR/AR integration/supplementation of RPG/LARP
by Hawke Robinson published Jun 05, 2016 last modified Sep 19, 2017 11:33 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
I am in the middle of finals right now, but will be looking into trying to test out Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) TRPG & LARP using a combination of items...
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Psychology Today Articles on Role-playing Games
by Hawke Robinson published Jan 01, 2012 last modified Oct 04, 2017 05:23 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Some notes for future reading, research, and commentary.
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Role-playing Game Therapy Related Domains
by Hawke Robinson published Dec 02, 2012 last modified Aug 14, 2015 12:48 AM — filed under: , , ,
Added a section to the front page enumerating the existing psychological domains that are applicable in a role-playing game therapy context...
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RPG Recreation Therapy Hypothetical Scenario - Bipolar Clients in Complex Interpersonal Interactions
by Hawke Robinson published Feb 25, 2013 last modified May 10, 2016 11:15 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
As we continue through the course on Recreation Therapy for People with Disabilities at Eastern Washington University, we have various assignments to write up hypothetical scenarios with hypothetical clients. This is one with several types of scenarios with hypothetical bipolar clients using tabletop role-playing gaming as the core activity. This is a high level overview, rather than a detailed activity analysis.
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