What's in a name?..
I’ve got a WPMU/BP site up and running. It’s been months in development, but is finally ready to begin hosting people and things and so on
I work with the Game Lab on campus, we do video game literacy, rhetoric, and make teaching games. We work heavily with the department of Ed creating games to help teach developmentally disabled children. Game studies has grown into an internationally recognized field, with dozens of universities around the world offering Interactive Media courses. It was our hope that http://theGSN.org (Game Studies Network) would give those academics a common place.
Sadly, the University of Wyoming isn’t taking us seriously. Without support from our own institution, we’ve got little to no hope of taking off with other academic bodies.
We have found that as soon as the world “Game” comes up, most academics (even in our own field) shut down. Most profs, schools, and groups prefer to use names like Ludology, a latin word meaning “the study of play”, or Narratology. Video games have made more money that Hollywood every year sense 2004, and outsold (both money and units) book and movies combined sense 2007. It’s the most widely consumed media in the world, it deserves study, and can easily be applied to help troubled students. But first we have to be taken seriously.
So, my question, we’re pretty much stuck with the URL we have (http://thegsn.org), can anyone thing of anything else that we could say “GSN” stands for? The “Game Studies Network” just isn’t cutting it?
General Studies Network… no… umm… Great Students Network… no…. bleh… HELP!
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