The Sorry State of “Games Are Art” In 2015

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With Apple’s banning of games wholesale because of a flag we have yet another example of how games are censored more than other media, how games are devalued and treated as second class media citizens. This at a time when experimental games are under threat from all quarters. Games should be treated as equals. Read More

Incremental Design Won’t Save You

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In games most studios follow that “distribution” strategy to a greater or lesser degree. A lot of them are concerned about where to find players, how to hold onto them, how to monetize them efficiently and so on. Too often they sideline the issue of how to actually design a game worth playing – to their cost. Read More

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Microsoft?

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It’s great at business software and technology, but Microsoft still struggles to make coherent consumer products. The problem seems ingrained and cultural, starting with its constant reversion to ecosystem plays and through to its increasingly bizarre user interfaces. Maybe the solution is to stop trying to be so fancy and focus more on its engineering roots instead? Read More

The Author-ity Wedge

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“Authority” is an interesting word to contemplate. On the one hand it invokes images of dictators and repression. But it also breaks down as author-ity. A seal of approval, of unspecified acceptance, of authorship as opposed to creatorship. Read More

The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

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There’s a lot of enthusiasm at either end of the spectrum for “go big” virtual reality and “go small” smartwatches and other wearable devices. Is the “game-changing” hype of either justified? Or are they overblown? Read More

Fixing “Videogames”

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Games don’t seem to be taking over the world. Games struggle to gain a wider acceptance equivalent to their footprint. Plenty of people play games but much fewer want to really associate themselves with “Videogames”, an entity that many people within gaming talk about, participate in and subscribe to. And Videogames is often not warm. It’s cold, sour and riven with… Read More