Live Online Chess: Social Features & Downsides
Paperback, 138 Pages
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The book features social network analysis of the author's live rated online chess games with various players (including high and middle-strength computer software) from different time zones and cultures around the world. For most of them the social features and downsides of real-time online chess were investigated and documented, including social magnetism, gambling, anonymity and use of pseudonyms, nationalism, Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) issues, Islamophobia, and social stratification and mobility. The accompanying game annotations and post-game discussions mainly dwell on responsible participation and civil discourse using live online chess games as medium. Online chess has become a test case for us as an international/trans-national group to think about how we can live in a socially-differentiated society, where its members subscribe to a plurality of forms of knowledge arising from considerably different environments, experiences and genetic makeup.
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May 8, 2013I like live online chess because it is web-based, no software to download. The book somehow reminded me of other reasons for having interest in live online chess. In the past, most live online chess sites require you to download and install software. Nowadays Chess.com, Caissa, ChessFriends.com, etc., allow you to play live, real-time chess using only your web browser. This provides the additional flexibility of accessing your own account from any computer with an Internet connection: your friend's computer, the library, a cyber-cafe, etc. The book also noted developments in connection status and lag updates. Now, during a live chess game, you are able to constantly monitor the quality of your Internet connection. If a disconnection occurs, you will be notified to wait while your connection to the game is automatically restored. If you experience unusual Internet delays (lag), your game clock will be automatically adjusted for these delays. Multiple simultaneous games is also possible... More > with live online games. And this does not limit you to playing one live game at a time. You can play multiple simultaneous games in different windows on your screen. Additionally, you can have multiple windows open in which you are playing a game, watching a game, chatting, etc. I also did as the author showed, watch games in real-time. All currently playing chess games are listed and easily accessible for viewing in real-time. You can chat or "kibitz" with other players watching the same game. The book discussed at length, live online chess that enables us to play human or computer opponents. The author shows that when choosing an opponent for a live online chess game, human and computer opponents are clearly delineated. I can choose from computer opponents of different skill levels and playing styles. You can choose to play the computer in an unrated game if you just want to try out some new strategies. This book by J. Fadul is not only about chess, but more on the sociology of the electronic board game--in this present globalized and computational world.< Less
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- Jose A. Fadul (Standard Copyright License)
- Full Color Paperback International edition
- Lulu Press
- January 5, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Full color
- 1.28 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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