[Air-L] Anyone studying Ingress or whole game play histories?

Stephanie F. Hendrick Stephanie.Hendrick at mtsu.edu
Tue Jun 7 15:04:19 PDT 2016

Hi Peter,

I am. I'm currently studying a community of players that have formed from groups in three states in order to pull off mega fields. I'm interested in questions of identity and community building. The community aspect is strong in this game.

I also play, but am considering killing my account before I start interviewing the opposing faction. I feel I will get better interviews if they are not guarded by my belonging to the 'other team'.

Steph Hendrick, PhD
Assistant Professor, New Media
Electronic Media Communication Department
College of Media and Entertainment
Middle Tennessee State University
stephanie.hendrick at mtsu.edu<mailto:stephanie.hendrick at mtsu.edu>
MTSU Twitter: cutecattheory
-------- Original message --------
From: Peter Timusk <peterotimusk at gmail.com>
Date: 6/7/16 4:28 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: [Air-L] Anyone studying Ingress or whole game play histories?

Interestingly Eve Online saves all one's 'in game' messages and chat logs to
simple text files on the gamer's C drive on their PC. I saved all these
files over multiple PC's I have played the game on. I have almost my whole
game history in small text files. A toy big data problem as there are at
least 500,000 files now.

Ingress a GPS cell phone  exercise game sends e-mail/gmail notifications
when one's landmarks are attacked by the other team. I have 5,000 e-mails
after a few months playing.

I have successfully compiled and parsed these files, the Eve game logs and
the Ingress gmail notifications which can be a form of record of my entire
game play.

I can look at my first days in Eve and the huge risks I took in game play
not knowing these were risks. Risk is a nice topic in gaming because of
gambling studies and the policy desire to help compulsive gamblers.

Anyone else analyzing whole game playing histories as data?

Would you have thoughts on tracing out behaviour in game playing log files?

Peter Timusk B.Math (statistics) B.A. (legal studies) graduate school
certificate in systems sciences, Working in government statistics in Canada.

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