December 2015: ‘Joy’

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Another year comes to a close and with it come a pause to celebrate the season appropriate to your hemisphere of the globe. For me, I’m looking forward to some time with loved ones to wax nostalgic for the old days and dream big for the coming ones. Maybe I’ll even play a game or two. For this month’s Blogs of the Round Table we want to know about the things that bring ‘Joy’ into your life.

Are there any joyful memories of unwrapping a favourite new game over the holidays? What moments of joy have you shared with others over a game? Or maybe the Joy is lost now that you’ve changed or that the gaming environment has (or hasn’t!). Can you think of any games that celebrate Joy for its own sake or are conflict and violence too tightly wrapped into their structure?

As usual, we will be accepting all submissions on the topic until the very last day of the month (there are 31 days in December, right?) and our roundup will shortly follow. You can keep up with what other writers have contributed so far with the Link-o-Matic 5000 below if you want to converse more directly with others on the topic.


And, hey, maybe if your site supports iframes, you’d like to embed your own Link-o-Matic 5000. With this bit of code you can!

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Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @MarkFilipowich or @critdistance with the #BoRT hashtag. Happy blogging!

Suggestions for the Round Table:

  • Blogs of the Round Table is not curated. If you write it, we’ll publish it, as long as it’s connected to the topic and has been written specially for BoRT or up to one month prior.
  • This BoRT post is the home of the discussion: as I receive new submission blogs, we’ll update the ‘BoRT Link-o-Matic 5000’ so new blogs are reflected on this page immediately. We’ll also use the @critdistance Twitter account to post regular updates, so follow us!
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