Terra Nova has a conversation going about where students can pursue graduate study focused on games and virtual worlds. It’s reassuring to see other academics noting that this sort of research is increasingly well regarded at various institutions.
Update: Kotaku linked to this conversation as well, and now has its own conversation going between gamers debating whether game research is pointless and obvious. At the risk of self-parody, I can’t help but comment here about how interesting I find that: here we are, finally taking this medium seriously after years major institutions saying it’s all just kids’ stuff, and now we’re called irrelevant. I don’t know whether it says more about gaming or academia, but it may be the first thing in my own young life to nearly make me throw up my hands and say, “Oh, you kids today!”