Looking deeper still and conducting, further research into this area, I was taken to work by Hansen & Gorton (2013); they critiqued numerous analytical definitions of ‘affect’ provided by Shouse (2005), Blackman & Cromby (2007), Clough (2007), Cvetkovich (2003), Ahmed (2010), Highmore (2010), and Stewart and Wissinger (2007).,However, regarding ‘affect’, I found this definition by Hansen & Gorton’s (2013 p34) a cause for concern, especially when considering videogames and games design:

“the slipperiness of the term and its usage within academic study” and “the notion of in-between-ness and liminality is structured into the definition of affect and makes coming to full interpretations of emotion online increasingly impossible.”,As the main area of focus within the theoretical framework of my PhD is Games Design within the context of videogames, doubt was instilled within me by Hansen & Gorton’s secondary research.,Hansen & Gorton go onto further analyse this, considering that “affect is a sort of glue”; when applied to ideas, values and objects (such as videogames), they can be affective and remain with us throughout life, both as individuals and as a means of “sustaining gatherings of people or ideas” i.e. the audiences themselves.,As ‘People’ are a key object of study within my research, I therefore decided to firstly preface addressing any further research into ‘affect’ along with research into the ‘videogame design and development process’ by researching and reviewing the existing organisational structures within which these ‘people’ (i.e. ‘the game developers’) work. read more

In the NFC, it’s Drew Brees and Sean Payton, whose pairing doesn’t go back as far as the Brady/Belichick match game but nevertheless has been a rare constant in an NFL that is obsessed with constant change.,There aren’t many folks in the country who would mind seeing the Saints get back to the sport’s biggest game one last time.,FOURTH PLACE: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams

You know, a lot of people are hoping for this one, because it would be a rematch of the most insane Monday Night Football game of all time.,THIRD PLACE: New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams read more

I'm also a Project Lead the Way lead launch teacher for East School and work with colleagues to support innovative STEM approaches to learning so that students can connect science, technology, engineering, and math.,This coming May, East School will hold its 19th annual Fifth Grade Science Fair that I helped begin as a way to promote scientific inquiry.,Another proud accomplishment includes being a co-founder 25 years ago for East School's annual Fifth Grade Thanksgiving Feast Colonial Enrichment Day!,Admirably, a former, long-time East School principal, Jud Compton, always made it a practice to greet our fifth graders with eye-contact and a proper handshake, encouraging them to return the favor with a respectful smile.,My students would be surprised to know … that one summer after Ohio State, I lived and worked at a school on a Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona.

After beating the Ravens 23-17 on Sunday in Baltimore, the L.A. Chargers earned themselves a trip to Foxboro for a playoff game next week.,OFFENSE: 11th, 372.6 yards per game

SCORING: T-6th, 26.8 points per game read more

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Trey Burke added 16 and the Knicks snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 119-112 victory over Los Angeles on Friday night.,Enes Kanter scored eight of his 16 points down the stretch as the Knicks pulled away, ending their first win since Dec. 14 on an 11-3 run.,Seven players scored in double figures for New York, including 10 points in the fourth quarter from Mario Hezonja, who also had barely played since mid-December.,TIP-INS

Knicks: Frank Ntilikina played only briefly in the first half before straining his left ankle and sitting out the rest of the game.,SLOW START FOR LA read more

Christmas in Fairfield was a wonderful time this year, thanks to the hard work of the City of Fairfield, Chamber of Commerce, and many community volunteers, churches, organizations and small businesses.,Beginning the weekend of Thanksgiving and going through December, folks enjoyed two Shop Local events, a Christmas-themed Parade, official Tree Lighting, Live Nativity performances, Contests, Giveaways, Winter Sports (including the new Ice Slide Races), Carousel Rides, Balloon-making Elves, Stilt-walking Nutcrackers, and so much more.,Two of the events: Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration on December 1st and Jingle All The Way Winter Sports Event on December 15th; were hosted and sponsored by the City of Fairfield.,Although these two Christmas celebrations are funded by the City of Fairfield, it is the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, along with a host of local volunteers, who take time to plan, organize, and staff the events.,Local retailers did well during this year’s Christmas events, says Pate, who received feedback from Chamber members.

As difficult and occasionally weird as 2018 was — from the season-long absence of running back Le’Veon Bell to the occasionally erratic behavior by star wide receiver Antonio Brown to a series of losses in November and December in which the Steelers let second-half leads slip away — the longtime quarterback remains adamant the Steelers are on the right path.,Four losses over the final six weeks followed, each setback coming in a game Pittsburgh led after halftime.,The issue, Heyward insisted, wasn’t coaching or the steady trickle of off-the-field headlines, be it Bell’s refusal to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender or Brown’s series of missteps.,The only player in NFL history with six straight 100-catch seasons suggested he wouldn’t mind getting traded after a former team employee tweaked him on Twitter and threatened to harm a reporter who attempted to do an in-depth piece on Brown’s personal life.,Instead, a year that got off to a weird start with the offensive line publicly venting about Bell opting not to end his standoff with the team ahead of Week 1 followed immediately by a six-turnover tie in Cleveland and never really seemed to get to some semblance of “normal” ended with Pittsburgh watching the videoboard at Heinz Field hoping Cleveland could knock off Baltimore.

The NBA's Christmas tradition pits some of the best teams in the league against each other as a gift for fans.,The NFL, on the other hand, dominates the Thanksgiving airwaves, providing fans with some hard hits to go along that those hard-hitting carbs.,Which sports day is around the Christmas tree is all good, but it's definitely better with some NBA basketball.,WATCH: Best NBA Plays From Christmas Day

NBA Christmas is fine if you like ignoring family during one of the most important holidays of the year.,WATCH: NFL's Greatest Thanksgiving Day Plays Of All Time read more

The NBA's Christmas tradition pits some of the best teams in the league against each other as a gift for fans.,The NFL, on the other hand, dominates the Thanksgiving airwaves, providing fans with some hard hits to go along that those hard-hitting carbs.,Which sports day is around the Christmas tree is all good, but it's definitely better with some NBA basketball.,WATCH: Best NBA Plays From Christmas Day

NBA Christmas is fine if you like ignoring family during one of the most important holidays of the year.,WATCH: NFL's Greatest Thanksgiving Day Plays Of All Time read more

The NBA's Christmas tradition pits some of the best teams in the league against each other as a gift for fans.,The NFL, on the other hand, dominates the Thanksgiving airwaves, providing fans with some hard hits to go along that those hard-hitting carbs.,Which sports day is around the Christmas tree is all good, but it's definitely better with some NBA basketball.,WATCH: Best NBA Plays From Christmas Day

NBA Christmas is fine if you like ignoring family during one of the most important holidays of the year.,WATCH: NFL's Greatest Thanksgiving Day Plays Of All Time read more