A Virtuous Interlude

Sunset BirdsIt is time once again for my autumnal social media break, a chance for me to exercise my cyber-restraint, pay less attention to my pocket robot’s distractions, and peer more deeply into the world around me. When I come back in early December, I have a small handful of blog-letters to share before the Winter Festival hits – mostly on or around game topics, and following on from discussions that have already happened here or at events I went to this year. I have room for one more that I haven’t started yet, so if you want to write a blog-letter to me while I’m away it would be more than welcome.

Then, as the Gregorian New Year comes around again, it will only be two months to the release of The Virtuous Cyborg and I will be gearing up for the book’s launch events. I will be touring, so if you would like me to come for a guest lecture or other speaking gig please get in touch through the contact link at ihobo.com, or directly if you already have my email address. So far, I am focussing on the UK but a US trip is always on the table and Europe is only a short trip away even if the current political climate makes it feel more distant.

To everyone who has continued to support the discussions here at Only a Game, my unlimited love and gratitude. Enjoy the silence, and we shall speak again soon.

The Game resumes in December.

Coming Soon: Babich and Bateman Rides Again

DErlwLuXkAAXizsAlthough I have been robustly overworked in recent weeks, I have managed to break ground on the editing for the final segment of the Babich and Bateman dialogues, this time looking at Nietzsche, music, and the psychological tricks of corporations. I don’t know when it will be ready (September is my guess), or how many parts it will be, or which tangents will get added between now and this putative future moment, but all will be revealed in good time…

Silk Anniversary

Birthday-cakeToday, Only a Game is twelve years old. Hasn’t the time flown by! I would love to have produced something special for the event, but alas I have been swamped with my professional commitments and am way behind on my blogging.

Coming up soon (hopefully!), more virtuous discourse in the Republic of Bloggers, the final part of Babich and Bateman, completing what begin in The Last of the Continental Philosophers and Living with Machines, and of course, the build up and launch for my latest book, The Virtuous Cyborg.

Thanks to everyone who has supported my blogging over the last duodecimal 10 years, and to everyone who gets drawn into my strange thought processes over the next binary 1100 years!

Want to send me a present? Comments and blog-letters are always appreciated!

Open the Choke and Pull Starter

Starter CordGreetings and salutations!

Having enjoyed a month off from social media, I am now ready to reconnect with the hive mind. I cracked open the blogs late last week, and will uncorking Twitter and G+ very soon.

The first phase of the Cybevirtue Campaign is concluded, and the book, The Virtuous Cyborg, is now written... an announcement about the publisher very soon, I hope. We’re now moving into the second phase. If the first phase was ‘write’ the second phase is ‘talk’. I won’t be planning much in the way of articles for this, I’ll just see which way the conversation takes us.

I’ll see you in the corners of the internet!

Pause for Reflection

Labyrinthe ClockHaving completed the first phase of the Cybervirtue Campaign, it is time for my Summer blogging break. I shall be working on incorporating the pre-reader feedback to the new book, The Virtuous Cyborg, prior to submission to the publisher – whom I hope to announce when I return in June. Then, in the second phase of the Campaign, we’ll be exploring contemporary issues as problems of cybervirtue and engaging in debate about living with robots. While I am ‘away’, all the previous posts here at Only a Game are eager for your comments, and I will reply to everyone when my hiatus concludes. Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Campaign so far – it has been extremely enlightening to share this with y’all!

Only a Game returns in the Summer.

Starting this week: Babich and Bateman, Dialogue II

blogupdateAs well as the continuation of the Cybervirtue Campaign (which has its first player now – the awesome Ari, who I’m thrilled to reconnect with), this week also sees the start of a new Babich and Bateman Dialogue, provisionally entitled Living with Machines. Starts on Thursday – hold on to your seats, as it gets off to a turbulent start! (There should be four of these dialogues in all… the fruits of what started as an interview with Babette but which has spiralled out of control into something much more interesting.)

Remember last year when I suggested I might go down to fortnightly posts? Seems instead I have stepped the pace back up to biweekly posts. How typical of me!

See you in the comments!

Apropos of Nothing

Pixel Chris BatemanWelcome back to Only a Game, the curious meanderings of philosopher and game designer Chris Bateman!

Last year, I published a short-form philosophy book, Wikipedia Knows Nothing, which asks us to consider whether knowledge is best understood as practices (and thus knowing cannot be reduced to the mere repetition of facts). It’s available as a free PDF, so if you’re unfamiliar with my philosophy this is a great place to start. Drawn to the merits of short-form philosophy, I have already begun work on my next project, tentatively entitled The Virtuous Cyborg, and my preparations for this will go down here on Only a Game. More on this very shortly.

I am also still working on the wealth of material that came out of my discussions last year with Babette Babich, and hope to have another installment of this some time in the Spring. If you missed the first dialogue, where we discussed continental philosophy and its current state of endangerment, check out December’s Last of the Continental Philosophers. The next discussion should dovetail with the thread that I’ll be opening up in the Tuesdays to follow. 

Hope you’ll join in when the spirit moves you, and I’ll see you in the comments here or on Twitter, which has largely usurped Typepad as the source of commentary on my material.

The Game begins in earnest next week.

Choose-Your-Own Winter Festival

Frost CrystalsWishing you all (delete as applicable) an Auspicious Dhanu Sankranti, Happy Milad-un-Nabi, Serene Buddhist New Year, Happy Hannukah, Merry Yalda, Solemn Zaratosht No Diso, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice, Blessings upon the followers of Bahá'u'lláh, and Felicitations on the birth of the tenth Nanak. If you’re not celebrating any of these, then Happy Swik!

Only a Game will return in the Gregorian New Year.

The Virtue of Silence

As the festival of the Wheel of Fortune approaches, it is time once more for my Autumnal Social Media Break. No blogging, no LinkedIn, no Google+, and definitely no Twitter. It helps me focus upon life to disconnect for a while, and if you have never tried taking a break from all the computer-mediated demands upon your attention, I heartily encourage you to give it a try. Feel free to leave comments in my absence, though, and I will reply as soon as I get back upon the digital horse. Until then, trust in yourself and no matter what tries to hold you back, keep going!

Only a Game will return in December.

There Is No Number-Base That Can Make Eleven Years Sound Important


Today is the eleventh anniversary of Only a Game... I've nothing special planned this year, since I knocked myself out doing a Tin Anniversary last year. Besides, as a prime number there's really no way of glossing eleven years to make it sound cool - the best would be Base 11, in which it would be 10. You can see the problem. But all the same, I'm still writing and reading blogs, despite the wafer-thin attention span of the internet having long since migrated to more disposable forms of alleged communication. That counts for something, and presumably what it counts is eleven years.

To everyone whose come along with me for any part of this journey, my infinite gratitude!