Sims 4 post-release survey now active!

babyglitchI have now closed the Sims 4 pre-release survey with around 800 completions and will be working my way through the data in advance of the Fan Studies Network conference in September where I’ll present some of the preliminary findings.  Now The Sims 4 is out (in most of the world anyway…) the post-release survey is live. I’d love as many people as possible to complete it – whether or not you have TS4, and whether or not you completed the earlier survey.

There will be two types of questions – a set for those who have played TS4 and a set for those who haven’t. The survey will be live until the end of October. If you are planning on getting it before then, please can you wait until you have played before completing it? But if you have already played or you know you won’t be getting it before the end of October, go right ahead!

As before, it’s entirely anonymous (and this survey is a bit shorter too). Results from the pre-release survey are likely to be available late September after the conference and I’ll keep people posted about the results of this one.

Things I want to see more papers on next year

hollyoaksIn an attempt to add content to my blog I was going to post some links to academic articles on Christmas (particularly Media Studies related things).  But apparently there’s not much out there, adding to the growing list of things I would like to see more papers on in order to inform my teaching/research or just satisfy my random curiosities but don’t have time to write myself, thank you very much (if you write on these I will love you, or if you know of stuff, please post in comments – some of these topics have a few articles and chapters that I’ve come across, but none are exactly saturating the academic market):

  • Christmas, especially Christmas specials or singles or that kind of thing.
  • Hollyoaks
  • Susan Boyle
  • Whatsapp and/or snapchat
  • British TV game shows of the 21st Century that are not reality TV or Millionaire
  • BBCs Three and Four, ITVs two, three and four
  • Yours magazine
  • Spotted communities
  • Made in Chelsea
  • Great British… programmes (Bake Off, Sewing Bee, Menu etc)
  • The i newspaper
  • Comic Relief/Sport Relief and/or Children in Need
  • The Simpsons: Tapped Out
  • Whether or not the hashtags used in product ads get any traffic that isn’t a) sarcastic b) generated by the company and its employees/marketers

Thanks in advance!  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year