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I am a university researcher interested in games, play and philosophy. I design, analyse and write about games for fun and for a living.

You can find me from the University of Jyväskylä, The Finnish Society for Game Research and games co-operative Expa. I currently work for the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies.

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Watched Mr. Robot s3

This season plays less realities, but gets more personal. It's a good season, but only if you were alredy into the characters. Still enjoying the aesthetics.

Watched on HBO Nordic


Checked into Bergen

Nordic DiGRA 2018.


A short list of good resources for online safety

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EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense:

A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity:

Speak Up & Stay Safe(r) from Feminist Frequency:

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked:


Watched Cold War

A really fascinating love story with the cold war as a distant background. Actually, everything in the movie is a distant background after the very beginning: the movie focuses exclusively on the two people wrapped in an on/off-romantic relationship, making even the other people in their lives appear as just props for their story. This is not a critique: the story is brilliantly told.

Watched on St. James Cavalier, Malta


It's very 2018 that the series that probes the hard existential questions in life stars a cartoon horse. Hey kids, wanna watch a series where one episode is nothing but a long eulogy to a mother from a son who hated her?

Watched on Netflix


This was a weird movie. 80's nostalgia played straight-faced in world where everyone pretends that it's not a horrible dystopia. Everything bad is blamed on the evil corporation, when all the structural problems in the world are due to what the "good guys" have done. There is even a "resistance," but somehow they manage to miss that what they are actually resisting is capitalism and escapism. It's hard to revolt when you're too busy collecting virtual coins.

Watched on a plane


Can't help but love a show about ethics, even if it was far from perfect. They weren't very consistent on how ethics was used during the show -- even forgetting how the rules of The Good Place worked midway through the season.

I heard there might be as second season coming, but I'm not sure if it needs one, considering how they ended the first one. Still, I'm glad they did the first season. What's next, a show about epistemology?

Watched on Netflix