English Professors talk Sony Playstation


sony playstationThe Games Institute invites you to a talk by Colin Milburn, Professor of English, Science and Technology Studies, and Cinema and Technocultural Studies, University of California- Davis, in DC Room 1304 on Thursday, Oct. 16, 1:30-2:30pm. After the talk, we will be heading back to the Games Institute situated at EC1 (formerly known as Blackberry1) for refreshments where you can converse with Colin who is also a part of the IMMERSe network. We ask that you kindly register on the Eventbrite page.

Here is a short description about the talk: Launched in 2006, the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) is an online network platform that connects millions of videogame consoles, handheld devices, and media servers around the world. This talk will examine the various gamer narratives that spontaneously emerged to make sense of the network outage in 2011. This was when the PSN became a battleground between corporate IP policies and the global hacker community, resulting in a massive hacker attack on the Sony databases that compromised the personal data of many millions of PSN users. It also rendered the PSN inoperative for a month, triggering a surge of anger, anxiety, distress, and woe among gamers worldwide. For more information, please go to the GI website.

Thank you to The Games Institute for the above text. Photo credit: Etsy.

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