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I’ve been regularly posting for Think:games over the last year, and by now can look back at a considerable amount of in-depth articles as well as blog posts. Games and education remains a rare combination of subjects, and I am still strongly convinced it is rewarding to research it more.

However, I now find myself in a position where I have to, for the moment, put a break on this project. Even though I have a degree in philosophy education, I have not been able to find work in education in the past almost two years. Applying for a different kind of work has paid off, however, and I will now start working in a new position with my other main interest, music, as a copyright officer. This job will have me relocate to another country, and altogether this will leave no place for me to actively continue the Think:games project.

This means that Think:games will be on an indefinite hiatus, until I or someone else is in a position to pick it up again. Please read here an invitation to contact me if you would like to correspond over the subject of games in education, if you want to start a new project or maybe even continue my work. The subject continues to interest me, and I think games will at some point in the future will be deeply integrated in education: not if, but when.

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My website has never been my main promotion channel for my Disco Metaphysics project, but I will use it for displaying an announcement to anyone stumbling on this page in the future.

The announcement I have already made on Twitter, namely that lately I shifted some personal priorities, and I will be focusing more on different projects, notably Think:games which you can find on this site as well. This goes at the cost of being able to do monthly or even regular uploads for Disco Metaphysics. Mixing music is just too much fun, however, so I will likely never give it up, but it is not my profession and I do not want to be. I feel I can achieve more in other directions, and so this project will only see a new episode every now and then.

That being said, I am open for fun stuff that’s disco and philosophy related. So if you have ideas for a guest mix, or have a great idea for it and want to continue the channel for or with me, please get in touch!

I hope that reading this, you had a vacation and that it was good. I had, and in the coming year I really want to pick up Think:games more seriously. In the last months, I have not been active in writing blog posts or anything at all concerning games or education. However, I still strongly believe games can help education, and education can help gaming. Gaming is perhaps the biggest entertainment industry in the world, so why aren’t we talking about games at schools like we are about books, films, music, theatre, et cetera? I have made this my mission, and I’m going to be actively writing about it now.

To be precise: each month, I will write at least one post in my Reading the Game series, covering (part of) a specific game and its possible applications to education. And each month, I will write at least one blog blog post regarding education in games in general, new releases and developments.

Doing this, I hope to involve a larger audience, and also get some feedback and hopefully some collaborations. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Feedback keeps me going, and gives me some fuel for some new posts, or perhaps new media such as YouTube.

This does count as a blog post, of course, but I will post another this week. The gaming landscape is ever moving, and schools are starting up as well, so there is plenty to talk about!

Ps. Also, I’d like to give this blog a personal touch, so as a closing note, here’s a picture of me dressed as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire driving the Dolorean from Back to the Future.

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So far I have posted one game review on here (Just Cause 2). This review I have written for a Dutch web site that never really came off the ground, but reviewing is still one of my favourite things to do and I still take a great interest in old and new video games. I would like to write reviews in a more professional setting in the future, but since I have little writings to show, I will be posting reviews of the games I play on here, building a kind of portfolio and hopefully offering some good stuff to read for some of you.

My interest lies more in writing in Dutch, so expect my reviews to be in Dutch. And since I rarely play new (less than half a year old) games, I won’t be covering new releases. I see more merit in highlighting some less recent games that stood out and still stand out today.

Some of the games I’m currently playing, of which I will likely be posting reviews in the future: Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3, Overlord, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

It turns out WordPress does no longer enable you to embed a flickr photostream in a post. That’s just a shame, because I wasn’t planning to start using Wordpress as my photo hosting site all of a sudden.

Under the ‘Photography’ heading, I’ll now just collect posts in which I share fragments of and links to albums on flickr. It’ll take some time, but ah well…

I used to use this page only to collect papers and assignments. Seeing that I graduated, I will produce no more of those things. Also, it was quite boring anyway.

From now on, I will be using this as a general site for everything about me! From now on, just using jakobjankamminga.com will get you here too.

Have a look at the structure of the site. It should speak for itself, and I will be filling all those white pages with content from now on.

As an official ending to a long period of boring, here’s funny stuff:

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