John Martin

grogging through grad school
(academic stuff)

(hints of life beyond
school and work)
(Flying Moose Lodge videos, photos, etc.) (musings and rants)


My specific research combines the chewy adventure of camp with a rigorous academic coating, by taking the appeal of good video games (and the significant in-game and out-of-game learning they compel), and bringing it outdoors with handheld GPS-enabled computers for a more fully embodied game in culturally meaningful physical spaces. In the experience, players critique and redesign a place-based game for their peers. The experience of playing and redesigning the game requires understanding and examination of cultural mores, whole-body physical activity in a geographical space that through the game has become even more culturally relevant, and the employment of strategies in problem posing and solving in order to come up with a peer-worthy game. It's presently (generically) called The Mystery Trip.

CURRENTLY (March 2008)

And, of course, staying physical and grounded in place.