March 2024

To understand the future of generative AI, we need better language to describe it

#generative ai #games

'I Stopped Believing in Myself': Game Developers Share the Human Impact of Over a Year of Mass Layoffs

Developers reveal how they’ve been impacted by the layoffs sweeping the games industry.

#games #work

January 2024

Stunned devs left scrambling for livelihoods in wake of yesterday's layoff bloodbath: 'In the end the contributions didn't matter'

Devs have found themselves adrift in the aftermath of swingeing layoffs across Activision-Blizzard and Xbox.

#games #work

Are Game Blogs Uniquely Lost?

#games #web

video games are so washed dude

Late-stage capitalism is eating videogames too, apparently.

#games #business

Exploring the towns of Monkey Island

Towns and settlements have long been key to the Monkey Island series’ storytelling. Series artists and designers help me find out more.

#games #architecture

December 2023

Mostly Harmless

About the use of videogames as military propaganda and how that makes everyone responsible, from developers to journalists.

#games #war

April 2023

What are cosy games and which are the best ones?

Games that make you feel a little warm and fuzzy are more popular than ever

#games #culture

February 2023

Hasbro Slapped By Bank Of America For ‘Destroying Customer Goodwill’

That's funny, "killing the golden goose" is exactly how I described the situation back in January.

#games #finance

Hogwarts Legacy faces renewed criticism for inclusion of antisemitic tropes

#games #racism

January 2023

WotC: D&D Fanbase Not Sufficiently Alienated To Generate Profit

A satire of specific events, but which applies just as well to much of the business landscape in recent years.

#games #ethics #humor

November 2022

These Early 2000s Video Games Really Loved Orientalism. Have Games Improved Since?

#games #representation

October 2022

Meghna Jayanth is switching the narrative

Video game writer and narrative designer Meghna Jayanth talks about a career spent battling colonialism - and why this helps you get better games

#games #politics

September 2022

Sacred Spaces: Ultimate Play The Game

The birthplace of a gaming legend

#games #cities

August 2022

Ransomware Actor Abuses Genshin Impact Anti-Cheat Driver to Kill Antivirus

In plain English: more security always ends up being less security, as people with bad intentions inevitably abuse complicated, obscure systems.

#games #software #security

World's biggest mod site bans mods replacing Pride flags: 'We don't want to and won't argue this with you'

#games #representation

July 2022

Woodtick: The Piratey Town of Monkey Island 2

#games #cities

May 2022

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber

#books #games

January 2022

Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

#big tech #games

October 2021

When Cities Die

#cities #history #games

May 2021

Roleplaying games were around hundreds of years before Dungeons & Dragons

The seminal tabletop RPG drew from generations of wargaming, storytelling and parlour games.

#games #history

1988: P.R.E.S.T.A.V.B.A. - 50 Years of Text Games

#games #history

April 2021

The Ratings Game, Part 1: A Likely and an Unlikely Suspect

#games #law

March 2021

Gabriel Knight Creator Jane Jensen's Successful Second Act: Erotic Novelist

#books #games

November 2020

Interview: Konstantinos Dimopoulos Discusses "Virtual Cities"

#games #cities #books

September 2020

Video games help children improve literacy, communication and mental well-being, survey finds

#games #education #science

May 2020

A Love Letter to the Slums: The Urbanism of Final Fantasy 7

#games #cities

October 2019

The Climate Trail: A bleak look at what awaits us if we fail to address climate change

#games #climate

The scary real-life town that inspired the Silent Hill movie

#cities #games #environment

July 2019

Chief Gates Comes to Oakhurst: A Cop Drama

#america #games #law

April 2019

Shazam and Sekiro: Gatekeepers Die Twice

#movies #games #fandom

March 2019

How language shapes the way we play

#games #language

Scientology and the Fellowship

When games take inspiration from real life.

#games #religion

December 2018

Metro 2033 film has been cancelled because the scripter wanted to 'Americanize' it

#games #movies #culture

July 2018

Virtual Cities explores the urban landscapes of 40 video games

#games #cities #books

February 2017

Scrolling Beat ’em ups, urban blight and the neoliberal city

#games #cities #politics

November 2015

Scarlett Johansson May Lead a Gamergate Movie

#games #movies

May 2013

CSS3 Pong: I****e things to do with CSS #17

#cool #web #games #programming

April 2013

Adam “Always Online” Orth no longer employed at Microsoft

#big tech #games #ethics