Episode 145 – You Are Being Gamed

09/12/20103 Comments

Running Time: 1:00:00

Description:Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we open up the virtual Skinner box and peer into the future of gaming in the world of ubiquitous computing. When our daily life consists of interactions with computers, will there be any way to avoid amusing ourselves to death?


Documentation – Republic Broadcasting archives
Time Reference: 01:58
Description: Subscribe to the Republic Broadcasting archives to hear James Corbett’s appearance on ‘In the Zone’ with Lt. Eric Shine on 9/11/2010.
Link To: RepublicBroadcasting
Documentation – Sunday Update
Time Reference: 03:21
Description: Coming shortly…
Link To: YouTube.com
Documentation – The Game
Time Reference: 16:47
Description: Description of Episode 2×06 of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Link To: StarTrek.com
Documentation – 5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted
Time Reference: 19:30
Description: Surprisingly informative article from Cracked.
Link To: Cracked.com
Documentation – Skinner Box
Time Reference: 24:31
Description: A short documentary extract explaining B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning experiment commonly known as the Skinner box.
Link To: YouTube.com
Documentation – Behavioral game design
Time Reference: 31:00
Description: A Microsoft game engineer explains how to make players play a game forever (and uses helpful pictures of rats in Skinner boxes to illustrate his points).
Link To: Gamasutra
Documentation – Most Disturbing Presentation Ever.
Time Reference: 35:21
Description: For once, the video might live up to the hype. Anyone who is not disturbed by the nightmare future Schell outlines in this presentation is probably drinking the Kool-Aid as hard as he is.
Link To: YouTube.com
Documentation – Neil Postman homepage
Time Reference: 49:20
Description: An online home page of links, some (appropriately enough) outdated and broken, on the author and critic Neil Postman.
Link To: NeilPostman.org
Documentation – Technology and Society by Neil Postman
Time Reference: 50:34
Description: A lecture delivered in 1998 by Neil Postman on the potential problems of advancing technology. The excerpt from today’s episode is from part 3.
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