Welcome to participants and lurkers alike. I actually lurked on some other MOOCs regarding gaming during the break between the last session of our MOOC and the beginning of this session. Hopefully I can share some of the ideas that were presented and I also learn from the other participants in this MOOC. Sharing what we know is the best way to "lift all boats," so I am hoping we will all be part of the "rising tide" in this session. Please ask questions, I am sure that with the wide background of the participants someone will be able to answer your question -- and we all learn.
In real life I am Dr. Cherriethel (Cherry) Emerson, a "graying technorat," and an adjunct professor (face-to-face classes) at Front Range Community College (BCC) in Colorado and also teach for CCCOnline, a fully-online part of the CCCS system. I teach Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion, Introduction to Chicano/a Studies, Anthropology of Folklore and once in a while a Criminal Justice class.
I really have a lifetime interest in gaming, I think it comes from being an only child growing up with grandparents in an isolated environment in Eastern Colorado. I was self-entertaining so always made everything I did into some kind of a game. I also formally studied game theory in collage way back in 1980s. When I worked in private industry I did use game theory and token economy to engage clients as well as staff. I have been doing "computer" games since the text operated version of "Hitchhikker's Guide to the GalaxY" (getting that Babble Fish was really difficult). I do play some MMORPG, and games like Magic the Gathering (face-to-face and online). I also play board games and am the adviser/sponsor of the "Table Top Games" club at my college.
I look forward to the interaction with you so "Let the games begin!"
Did NOT know that you're obsessed with "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (among the numerous things you already do). What, there's a game version to the book??? I'm running off to tell Steve about this. ;) (he's also an avid Douglas Adams fan).