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minecraft 10/28 - 11/3

Day 1 (10/28/13): 

A Struggle: I am still unable to access the game because I did not use paypal when purchasing the game -- I used skrillz (the equivalent of paypal, but british one) because I used the visa card option, and was asked to provide the last 4 digits of SSS and birthday. It said "verified by visa" so I did not think much of it, but then my bank called my mom of suspicious activity and locked my mom's bank account. After a lot of phone calls and misunderstanding of minecraft being labeled as fraud, I was finally able to clear things up and buy it and download it, but the initial struggle was just obtaining the game. 

An Accomplishment:

I was finally able to buy the game via paypal (after many tries and phone calls!)

An observation:

This isn't so much related to minecraft the game itself, but it made me think of the legitimacy of games and the real possibility of fraud- since I purchased the game ONLINE, not a CD disk from Best Buy or anything. It was only because minecraft is a renowned game was the bank finally able to realize that the purchase wasn't fraud. I question if the decision would have been the same if the game hadn't been popular... Made me think of how much technology has evolved, because I know that when I was growing up, I bought the physical copy of the game from a store, not off the internet.

Day 2: 

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Course Reflection

This my first time taking a course that allows so much flexibility in how I turn in assignments and the format of the assignments. At first, I was not that big of a fan because I like structure and instruction so that I may be able to easily form my thoughts that way, but as I played around with my wide array of ideas, I appreciated and ejoyed the flexibility. When I did the Selwyn Analysis on a tumblr post, I had so much more fun creating this webpage instead of tediously counting the word count and using dull Times New Roman font on a stark white background. In class, I genuinely enjoy the discussions that develop throughout class.

I don't mind and do like the flexibilty for class assignments (written assignments, at that), but am not so big of a fan of how flexible the group projects are. I understand that a lot of the projects are pilot and culminate into a project that voices all of our ideas, but I feel like all the organization and contact between people at other schools and even countries are taking too long and becoming tedious. Of course, nothing is every simple and nothing is a silver bullet, but it's just one thing I'm frustrated about.

Furthermore, I enjoy doing the assigned readings, but found that oftentimes we don't discuss the entirety of the reading, which I would like to see more of. 

Finally, I'd like to see grades on my assignments as well as written feedback. 

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