January 3, 2007
Matt Kirschenbaum has been massing blog entries for days, and has been massing wargaming board games for many years. This textual scholar by day has stepped out of the phone booth wearing a game studies suit and in command of a new blog, Zone of Influence. Matt announces:
Zone of Influence, a new game studies blog I created to combine my academic interests in modeling, simulation, and technologies of representation with my hobbyist interests in games, particularly board wargames.
As both extreme limit cases of complexity and physical systems in games, as well as “cardboard computers” aimed at the representation and simulation of complex historical events, board wargames have much to offer to contemporary academic ludology. At the same time I hope some of my game playing friends will drop by and add their perspectives to the conversation.
There are a series of opening entries, including “Welcome to ZOI” (which talks about my goals for the blog), “Anatomy of a Wargame” (useful for those who aren’t sure what I mean by the term “wargame”), and finally “Why Wargames?” which explains why I think this is a promising area for game studies.