10:00: Blast off. Justin Hall tried to tackle me at the bagel and coffee stand, but luckily I deflected his move with two fists to the forehead. He's had a haircut: all hair over the eyes and bald at the back, frontal lobe very protected.
First up: the all-day tutorial, The Social Dimensions of Digital Gaming, which has an all-star social gaming lineup: T.L Taylor, Julian Dibbell, Eric Zimmerman, Nick Yee, Raph Koster, Constance Steinkuehler and about 15 more otherwise I'd type out everyone's name. Justin and I found a wall plug, but there's no wifi except in the very central main area, so updates will be on an as-and-when basis.
Can't wait for the days of blanket wifi - how our grandchildren will laugh at us when we try to explain "footprint".
12:30: Two sessions done. Straight in at the deep end of academia for the first session, with lots of cognitive psychology references and talk on amoral relationships, reciprocity, distributed cognition. For a jetlagged, just-had-breakfast person, it did not particularly compute, but I'm hoping it'll come out in the wash over the full day. The second session was more practical - a how-to do research, tips on quantitative research, etc.
Some interesting snippets: introduce VoIP, and people like each other less but have deeper relationships. It's more "real". Plus, do real life social dynamics translate across into second life dynamics?