What Are Mailing Lists Good For?
Why should you care about Mailing lists? Have you ever missed a conference deadline or wondered what could be interesting areas of research related to gaming? Heck, maybe you have just started studying in higher education and wondered whether all those professors do is play games. No time to waste, because if you want to find out what is going on inside the community and get a good feeling of gaming Zeitgeist, you have found the right place to start.
Wouldn’t You Like To Know The Inside Scoop
A (moderated) discussion mailing list usually has netiquette guidelines (e.g. “read first, post later”, “remember you are talking to a human being”), but the value you get out of a list once you are on it for a while, is tremendous. Game researchers on those lists are usually very open-minded, friendly, multidisciplinary and scientific people. They will keep you up to date with conference calls, job adverts and hot research topics (potentially for grant proposals or other things). All you need to do is subscribe with your email address to the list and after confirmation this whole new world opens up to you. The only thing left to do is to filter your email inbox, so it does not become crammed as some lists can have high traffic at times. And remember, the list are run by professionals, so you can always opt out at any time without any need for justification.
The Top Five Mailing Lists
- Gamesnetwork DiGRA Email List. The Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) has its own mailing list, filled mostly with people from a game studies background. Most discussion related to DiGRA take place here. Regular announcements include academic job offers and call for papers (Cfps).
- Entertainment Computing Community Mailing List. The International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) provides this news and announcement service to all researchers interested in the area of entertainment computing. The community is probably a bit more technical than on the DiGRA list.
- IGDA’s Game Education SIG Mailing List. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has a special interest group dealing with all things related to game education. List membership is massive and if you are living on the American continent and do game education, there is no excuse not to be on that list. Topics are however more related to teaching than to researcher, but you do get industry and academia Cfps as well as academic job offerings.
- CHI-WEB Mailing List. Organized by the ACM special interest group on Computer-Human Interaction, this is a rather large resource, not just focused on interaction and entertainment, but on all facets of HCI. If you prefer more focused lists, the ACM SIGCHI also offers CHI-Resources, CHI-Jobs, and CHI-Announcements.
- Serious Games Discussion Listserv. Serious games is a big topic for professionals and academics alike and this is the official list.
Is This Really It?
Think that I might have missed a good discussion place? Feel free to add a comment!