Atomic Games is teaming with Konami to release a “gameamentary” about the real-life Battle of Fallujah. UPDATED: Six Days in Fallujah has been dropped by Konami, after a storm of controversy from veterans and veterans’ associations. Atomic is still working on the game, but without a publisher at this time. I agree that this is […]Read more "Game Documentary: Six Days in Fallujah"
Last November I was invited to talk about video games as journalism at the Future of Journalism conference, an internal BBC event run by the BBC College of Journalism. Since it was an internal event, it was all off the record, but the conference proceedings will be published as a book, and I’m contributing an […]Read more "The Future of Journalism"
Interesting post over at the Georgia Tech Gaming and Journalism Blog. Ian Bogost writes about the BBC’s recent news piece with Rory Cellan-Jones, which used a flight sim to recreate the water landing of US Air flight 1549 in the Hudson River. Ian writes that BBC news could have taken things farther – instead of […]Read more "BBC Games Air Crash – Almost"
Watching Candidate Obama become President Obama has been interesting. One thing that’s caught my eye lately has been his treatment on newspaper and magazine covers. Pictures are worth a thousand tweets, so the saying goes, but the best thing about them is that you can say a lot without actually saying anything. For instance, check […]Read more "Barack Obama – Cover Boy"
We must use games for good, or they will be used for evil. You think I’m joking? Not a bit. Read on. The release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion set has sparked up the old ‘Are Video Games Addictive?’ debate again. Chris Vallance over at iPM sums it up succinctly. Millions of […]Read more "Why we Must use Games for Good"
So Users Add Value. You’ve got a great news network with millions of people contributing rich, insightful material every day. Lots of people comment on your news articles; there’s a thriving debate online. Thousands of people are submitting content that could enhance the power of your journalism and help them get the information they need […]Read more "How to Turn Millions of User Videos Into Good Content"
What will the journalists of the future be like? What will they have to be like? Sense-makers, not messengers. I spent most of yesterday sitting around a table with a bunch of journalists, drinking far too much coffee, arguing and trying to work this one out. We were at the uber-trendy Hospital Club in Covent […]Read more "Journalists are Sense-Makers, not Messengers"
Thanks to Roo, just found this excellent, excellent little video. Tim O’Reilly explains what Web 2.0 is. Tim says: “Web 2.0 is the understanding that the network is the platform, and on the network as a platform, the rules for business are different. And the cardinal rule is this one: users add value. And figuring […]Read more "Journalism Needs to Listen to Tim O’Reilly"
National Public radio in the US has been running some interesting pieces on video games recently. Lately they’ve taken a stab at a question that becomes more and more important as gaming revenues continue to swell: Are video games art? Other media have a long history of relevant, moving social commentary. Movies and books lately […]Read more "NPR Radio: Are Video Games Art?"
When I was growing up . . . OK, actually when I was in J-school, I wanted to be a foreign correspondent. Going to far-flung places, seeing the world, dodging bullets, meeting important people – it sounded like a really cool job. Shame they’re an endangered (doomed?) species. As part of a series of articles […]Read more "Foreign Correspondents: Doomed"