It is unfortunate that my research currently seems to have its hands in many different areas. The most difficult element of my PhD research has been narrowing these diverse interests into a narrowly-focused topic.
Game design is the act of deciding what a game should be. That's it. On the surface, it sounds too simple. -- Jesse Schell
- Games Research. There's no single book called Games Research. Reminds me of a statement by Tom Bissell.
- Human Computer Interaction
For ideas and general inspiration, I like to poke around the games research community to see what they're up to; this section only gets updated on demand.
- Games and Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz.
- Digital Games Research Center at North Carolina State University. Groups include CIIGAR, Gains Through Gaming.
- Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) at Stanford.
Citation and Reference Management Software
There are three major software products, all of which do nice things but in different capacities:
- Zotero. I tried to like this and have used it for over a year, but apparently they will not (for many reasons) provide integrated PDF viewing and annotation.
- Mendeley provides a comparison of these products. It has a Web Importer. It's not well advertised, but there is a 50 MB file size limit, which prevents some PDFs from being synchronized. Mendeley is what I'm using now.
- Papers. I had a trial, but never actually had the opportunity to try it. Now it's expired. Oops.