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Episode 158: The Two Jaakko Problem: The Problem of Representation in Game Studi

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This week we chat about the perils and pitfalls of having a particular history of a the field of game studies laid out in a journal special issue when there is an apparent lack of diversity, disciplinary representation, and more. The title “The Two Jaakko Problem” does not come from the fact that we have a problem with Finnish dudes named Jaakko, but rather that we see the limitations of having a number of scholars with similar demographics while having none that represent others.

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What We’re Playing:

  • Conan Exiles
  • Mario + Rabbids
  • Overwatch
  • Fortnite
  • Make Hexa

What We’re Reading

  • Getting Gamers by Jamie Madigan
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

What We’re Drinking

  • Bourbon and Sour
  • Grapefruit vodka and La Croix
  • Vodka and Crystal Light