September 2016: Globetrotting

At last the dog days of summer have arrived in the good ol’ northern hemisphere. I’ve never understood that phrase but I do like dogs, so it gets a pass as far as I’m concerned. With a new month we must of course welcome another edition of Blogs of the Round Table! This month I want to hear how games have connected you to the rest of the world. For this month, consider ‘Globetrotting’:

For this month we ask you to write about how games literally or metaphorically move around the world. How does play express a national identity? How does your sense of place shift when you play with others from a different region? As a developer, what are the unexpected quirks of working with an international staff? Why do you think that videogame adventurers always need to tour the world’s hottest locations to prevent the end of days? Tell us about playing esports in different regions, traveling to promote a game, and the cultural particularities that come to light through play. How do games act as a sort of gateway to globetrotting?

As always we’ll be accepting submissions until September 30th. Get in touch with us if you have written or if you’ve come across a relevant piece via our email or twitter and we’ll document the conversation as it happens!.

Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @thecybersteam 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.
  • Think of the BoRT topic as a starting point. Connecting your piece to the topic can be as creative as you want. We’re interested in writing about play, so be playful when you approach the round table!
  • This BoRT post is the home of the discussion: as we receive new submission blogs, we’ll update the ‘BoRT Linkomatic 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!
  • As a knight of the round table we encourage you to leave a comment on a blog to which you respond with a link to the response piece and give the original writer a ‘right of reply’. Keep the conversation going!
  • If your work contains potentially disturbing content, please include a suitable warning at the start.
  • You can submit as many articles as you like throughout the month, and it doesn’t matter if they are commercially published, paywalled or available for free but we will need a transcript for paywalled content to be approved.