Phillip A. Batz

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Rochester, NY
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If my life story were a game, it would be a cross between ...
Top Secret S.I. and AD&D
Most people know me as a (check all that apply) ...
Student, Teacher, IT guru, Hacker, Inventor, The Intern, Researcher, Lifelong Gamer
When it comes to my game-making career, I'm ...
a newbie (no game experience ... yet!)
Kinds of games I’m best known for making or want to be known for making someday (check all that apply) ...
Social games, Alternate reality games, Simulations, Crowdsourcing games, Art and Experimental games, Workplace / enterprise / productivity games
Will collaborate for
Creative fulfillment and fun, Free food, Experience and mentorship, School credit, Money, Big money, A chance at a Nobel Prize
Anything else you want to say about the kinds of projects or people or organizations you’d like to work with?
How about "Alien Conflict", a conflict between humans and one species of alien, fought out in the midst of dozens of other alien civilizations? Which side can rack up the most war crimes videos on YouTube? Yes, that's meant to be provocative.
Games you’ve worked on ...
I *try* to be active in my gaming communities. I seem to have the most success in that regard in terms of Runescape, where I have one character I focus on fairly intensely. I'm also a strong advocate for the superiority of the Gamer Ethos for the predominance of situations and problems. I'm currently looking for open-source facial and object recognition software to be used broadly on recent images from Boston. "Investigate this!"
What abilities would you bring to a collaboration?
I have made an informal and wider-than-average study of the natures of intelligence and knowledge for the majority of my life. I believe that the world is just becoming ready for some of the experiences and insight I have to offer.
Three games you’ve played that have changed your life:
Cosmic Encounter
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2.0
Mage: The Ascension

Axis and Allies by Milton Bradley
Paranoia by West End Games

Resources for Gamers

Roger H. Nye _Challenge of Command_

SunTzu _Art of War_

Miyamoto Musashi _Book of Five Rings_ (Go Rin No Sho)

The I Ching

John Eric Nolt  _Informal Logic: Possible Worlds and Imagination_

James L. Adams _Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas_

Anything by Gary Gygax, but especially

-- _Role-playing Mastery_

  -- Tactical Mastery Tips (Designers take note!)

-- _Master of the Game_

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Phillip A. Batz's Blog

Virtual Satisfactions and Crime

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 9:15am 1 Comment

On my Wikia pages I have begun examining the possibility of a correlation between the rise of video games and the broad decrease in violent crime. While some headline incidents of violent crime have been linked in the press to video games, my theory presents this as the exception rather than the rule. If you'd like to discuss this, or help me elaborate on it, let me know. Thanks!…


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