Review: The Retro Mobile Gaming Database

December 21st, 2023: Found Here!

As we enter the holiday season, the Networked Mobilities Lab is pleased to share our last post of the year! A review of our very own Retro Mobile Gaming Database, authored and published by Hannah Trammell, was featured in the publication: "Reviews in Digital Humanities." 

We take great pride in the contributions of Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva, as well as the efforts of all of our lab members and undergraduate RAs. Their hard work and collaborative spirit have been indespensable to the success of this project, which continues to evolve and pave the way for future research. 

To catch up on recent developments related to the Retro Mobile Gaming Database, check out the link.

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Final Interview with Undergraduate RA, Dylan Lang

December 14th, 2023, at NC State University.

This week, we reached out to one of our Computer Science RAs, Dylan Lang, to bid our final goodbyes as they depart from the lab and move on to graduate school. Read all about Dylan's journey and experiences with the Networked Mobilities Lab!

Dylan Lang: As a Computer Science student who has experience with creating various softwares, one of the main motivations that I had (in working with the Networked Mobilities Lab) was the opportunity to collaborate on a real-world project, one that will actually have an impact on others. It's vastly different than completing a project for the sake of an assignment and never looking back at my work.

During my time here, I've experienced many challenges that were very difficult to overcome, but over time, I learned how to adapt to working on the Retro Mobile Gaming Database with little guidance and more freedom than I knew how to handle. Support from the team truly fostered my learning and growth, and soon, the obstacles became a lot more bearable and a lot more enjoyable to work as a cohesive group. 

With the skills that I've gained during my time with the Networked Mobilities Lab, it has helped me to expand as a person and gain more confidence in myself and my work. I will greatly miss the support provided by the team as I turn the page to a new chapter of my life, and I will most definitely keep in touch! 

What is ArcGIS Online?

December 7th, 2023: View ArcGIS Here!

ArcGIS Online is a web-based software that is designed for creating interactive story maps that connect diverse locations, populations, and data. Widely utilized in the field of Communication, it remains a valuable tool whose applications are continually expanding. Several of our lab members are presently engaged in individual projects using ArcGIS and are eager to share their work with the public in the near future.

For those who are interested in exploring this program first-hand, check out the link.

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Exciting Updates to the NML Newsletter

December 1st, 2023, at NC State University.

The Networked Mobilities Lab is excited to announce that we are transitioning from our monthly newsletter to a bi-monthly issue. This adjustment enbales us to organize lab content more efficiently while ensuring a strong presence in the world of mobile technology. 

We anticipate that these changes will contribute to the overall success of the Networked Mobilities Lab, and we are eager to witness future developments! 

Interested in subscribing to our newsletter? Visit the link!

The National Communication Association's 109th Annual Conference

November 16th  - 19th, 2023, at National Harbor, Maryland.

The National Communication Association annually organizes conferences, with the 2023 event marking the 109th installment of this tradition. The gathering serves as a nexus for hundreds of theorists and brilliant minds, fostering a collective enthusiasm for advancements in the field of communication.

It is with great pleasure that we extend our congratulations to PhD candidate and Networked Mobilities Lab member Emma Stanley for her remarkable research, titled "Mapping and Mobilities: Interdisciplinary Usage of ArcGIS for Narrative Experiences."

To learn more about Stanley's contributions to the NCA, check out the link.

Archived News

Mobile Gaming and You

November 16th, 2023, at NC State University.

What was your very first dive into the realm of mobile gaming? 

Are you a vintage enthusiast, reminiscing about childhood hours spent with a trusty Game Boy or roaming about your local park with a Pokéwalker in tow? Alternatively, you might be a recent user, immersing yourself in the world of mobile gaming through a cutting-edge Steamdeck or navigating Pokémon Go battles with friends. 

No matter your journey, mobile games have been a longstanding presence in our lives. Share the significance that they hold for you in the comments of our Instagram, X, or Facebook!

"Mobility Data Justice" by Dr. Mimi Sheller

November 2nd, 2023, published on Google Scholar.

Data is ubiquitous: it resides in fitness tracking apps, digital mapping software, artificial intelligence, and countless other realms of modern technology. Our very existence and movements produce data. However, what occurs when this data is regulated or fully unleashed? What control do we possess over our own data, and how does that relate to social justice? These are the inquiries that Dr. Mimi Sheller delves into in her latest article, "Mobility Data Justice."

Interested in learning more? Check out the link!

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AoIR Conference Highlight

October 19th - 21st, 2023, at Philadelphia, PA.

The AoIR Conference was an incredible triumph!

Join us in a well-deserved round of applause for our distinguished scholars: Drs. Adriana de Souza e Silva, Ragan Glover, Scott Campbell, Jeffrey Boase, and Colin Agur, who, in the Networked Mobilities Lab, presented their groundbreaking research on the intersection of mobile technology and the complexities of our social landscape.

Introducing the Retro Mobile Gaming Database

October 19th, 2023, at NC State University.

Introducing one of our long-standing projects, the Retro Mobile Gaming Database (RMGD)!

Prepare to dive into the universe of gaming genres where you can unearth your childhood favorites or discover hidden gems. With our powerful searching algorithm, you're not only able to locate games by title, development year, or game type, but also discover exciting new connections between historical mobile gaming genres.

Have we captured your attention? Be sure to check out the link.

Archived News

ICA Mobile Communication Division

October 11th, 2023: More Information Here!

"Mobile communication went from being new and revolutionary to a taken-for-granted and deeply embedded part of everyday life." These insightful words resonate with esteemed scholars within the ICA Mobile Communication Division, whose research serves as cornucopia of wealth for advancements in the field.

The upcoming ICA Conference, slated for June 2024, will delve into the multifaceted roles of mobile technology. It will explore its expression as a fundamental human right and its misuse as a tool for supressing those very rights. This conference boasts a diverse array of workshops covering topics such as photography, artificial intelligence, algorithmic media, locative technology, and so much more. 

Interested? Check out this fascinating opportunity by clicking the link.

"Mobile Games: What to Expect in the Near Future."

October 5th, 2023, published on ResearchGate.

The mobile gaming industry is in a constant state of evolution, marked by continuous change and growth. As such, technology researchers step up to the challenge by predicting emerging trends within the gaming community, whether casual gamers continue to dominate or make way for dedicated hardcore enthusiasts.

Esteemed professor Marco Furini (not associated with NML) from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia delves into the nuances of casual vs. hardcore games and their interconnected social aspects in his recent article, entitled "Mobile Games: What to Expect in the Near Future." His aim is to provide a deeper understanding of the trajectory of mobile technology within the gaming landscape.

To learn all about this fascinating research, check out the link!

Archived News

Exploring Applications for Locative Media

September 28th, 2023: Available on YouTube!

Is there an app for that? Yes, of course! The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, renowned for its extensive contemporary art collections, has introduced a cutting-edge locative app designed to enhance the patron experience. This innovative app utilizes GPS data to seamlessly guide visitors through each gallery, providing choreographed descriptions of every artwork. What sets it apart is its ability to recognize the visitor's location in relation to nearby pieces. 

To discover more about this remarkable technological advancement, watch the full video here!

Upcoming September 2023 Newsletter!

September 20th, 2023, at NC State University.

Get ready to explore the world of mobile communication with Networked Mobilities Lab as we gear up to unveil our September 2023 newsletter! In this edition, you'll have the chance to:

- Discover the latest breakthroughs in our current projects.
- Gain valuable insights from our dedicated lab members.
- Explore recent publications from NML contributors.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to stay at the forefront of mobility research. Subscribe now to ensure that you'll receive our newsletter as soon as it drops! Stay tuned for future updates!

Archived News

Upcoming Media Lab Workshops!

September 13th, 2023, in Winston Hall at NC State University.

The Department of Communication at NC State is excited to announce its Media Lab series! Next week on September 20th and 26th, experienced faculty collaborate with students to explore various topics in digital media, such as an Adobe Express workshop and investigations into the developments of AI in media making.

Interested in learning more about these fascinating activities? Check out the following link!

"On the Role of Digitization and Globalization..."

September 6th, 2023, published in Futurity Education.

The world of mobile communication is constantly evolving, as is our understanding of these emerging technologies. In her recent article, Dr. Nataliia Bakhmat (not associated with NML) explores the convergence between video games and academics, citing digital technology as a valuable tool for organization and remote learning within education. 

Discover the intriguing findings of Dr. Bakhmat's research by clicking here!

Archived News

2-Year Anniversary of the NML Instagram Account!

September 1st, 2023, on Instagram.

On August 27th, 2021, the Networked Mobilities Lab launched its first official Instagram account, which can be found at @nml.ncsu.

Since then, we have been able to connect with a broader audience, both at NC State and other universities across the nation. This exchange of news and research furthers our understanding of mobile communication and allows for future exploration in the field.

Interested in keeping up with the Networked Mobilities Lab? Check out our X and Facebook accounts! 

Networked Mobilities Lab Podcast is LIVE!

April 15th, 2023, on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

The Networked Mobilities Lab Podcast is now LIVE on Spotify and Apple Podcasts! In each episode, we discuss topics related to networked mobilities studies, along with featured guest scholars who discuss their own academic work and its connection to networked mobilities.

The first episode serves as an introduction to the topic of mobilities, as well as how our lab directors came to find themselves in their academic field.

To check out the first episode of the podcast, use these links to listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Archived News

Coming Soon: NML Podcast

April 1st, 2023, on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

The Networked Mobilities Lab is preparing the first episode of its new podcast, featuring our own lab directors, Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva and Dr. Ragan Glover.

Each episode will discuss various topics related to mobilities and communication. Featured guests will consist of existing affiliate members, as well as other scholars in the field. 

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

NML Spring '23 Lecture Series

March 23rd, 2023, in the Caldwell Lounge at 11:30  - 12:30 p.m.

The Networked Mobilities Lab is proud to present Dr. Eric Gordon, Professor and Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, who will headline our 2023 Spring Lecture Series as part of the 2023 CRDM Research Symposium on Civic Engagement, Games, & the Smart City.

Dr. Gordon's lecture will examine trends in technology-augmented proxies, including AI, web3 technologies such as blockchain, as well as novel data practices, and artificial intelligence.

If you are interested in attending, visit the lecture's description page and RSVP.

Archived News

Newsletter Archive is Now Available!

February 1st, 2023, at NC State University.

The Networked Mobilities Lab will now publish all future newsletter issues in a digital archive, which is availalable under the 'News' tab on our website.

We have also just released the first issue of our monthly newsletter (February 2023). It is available to view by clicking the link.

For this month of February, we announced our 2023 Spring Lecture Series with Dr. Eric Gordon, from Emerson College in Boston. We also highlighted the Mobile Networked Creativities project, a crowdsourcing website where we collect examples of creative appropriations of technologies by marginalized communities and people without "proper" access to networked technologies. Finally, we spotlighted Khawar Khan, a CRDM student who, due to his background in HI and UX Design, has been instrumental in the development of many of our projects, including the MNC project and a pandemic location-based game.

If you are interested in receiving our newsletter every month, subscribe here.