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Tactical Gaming: The Book

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After ten years with the TG community I have finally embarked on putting into words my ethnographic study of TG and military multiplayer gaming. The book's working title is:

Tactical Gaming:
Virtual Warfare in the Context of Empire and Capitalism


Unlike most ethnographic studies of virtual environments I intend to make the draft of the text fully available online as I write it (at present just the table of contents is available -- more soon).

I expect that this process of transparency and immediacy will itself have a significant impact on the study itself.

I'll announce updates to the text in this blog.

Dr. Strangelove
aka E-Male

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Updated 02-14-2015 at 05:16 PM by E-Male

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  1. Finestyle's Avatar
    Nice, I expect regular "study groups"

    Given the subject matters of your previous works and teachings, your planned approach for this book is almost an obvious fit. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, it changes the way you would normally approach your writing.
  2. E-Male's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Finestyle
    Nice, I expect regular "study groups"

    Given the subject matters of your previous works and teachings, your planned approach for this book is almost an obvious fit. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, it changes the way you would normally approach your writing.

    I'll have to use proper spelling and stop using made-up facts now . . .
  3. Randy_Shughart_ClwFL's Avatar
    Intredasting. I suppose I will have to start referring to you as "our scribe." Ha!
  4. E-Male's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Randy_Shughart_ClwFL
    Intredasting. I suppose I will have to start referring to you as "our scribe." Ha!
    I prefer the honorific "Lord Douchebag"

    Also, think of this as a book co-written by the TG community. I expect to receive considerable input from TGers and will be listing the TG community as a "co-author" along with myself (Dr. Strangelove) and my avatar, E-Male -- the subject of my autoenthnographic project (E-Male's experience of TG).

    For a similar project see Celia Pearce's Communities of Play, an ethnographic study of gaming cowritten by herself and her avatar.
  5. BeSiege82's Avatar
    As a heads up, Tactical Gaming looks to be a trade marked name...
  6. BeSiege82's Avatar
    How about

    Tactically Gaming: Virtual Warfare in the Context of Empire and Capitalism
  7. E-Male's Avatar
    Book titles are not subject to trade marks. For example, search the word "Disney" at Amazon. A trademark applies to competing products, not to discussion and analysis of the trademark.
  8. E-Male's Avatar
    I believe the general legal principal is as follows:

    You may use trademarks or product names (but not logos) to refer specifically to trademarked products provided your use is not disparaging, and provided your use does not mislead the public as to the trademarked company's sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement of your company, products or services.

    Otherwise you would never be able to write a book or news article about a corporation or product with the permission of that corporation -- which of course would be an unreasonable restriction of intellectual inquiry and free speech.

    Consider the huge numbers of books about Apple or Microsoft that use the trademarked word in the title without expressed permission.

    Anything less would be totalitarian capitalism at work (which may yet be just around the corner...).

    Edit: Also, note that the use of "tactical gaming" as a phrase predates TG by a considerable margin.
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  10. E-Male's Avatar
    I am going to close this blog entry and reopen the subject in the Sandbox as a new thread. This will allow me to keep the discussion more visible to the general community.

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