BeeBCamp – The Morning After

More like evening after, but here we are. Good parties are hard to wake up from. BeeBCamp happened yesterday – it was an unconference that I organized with Roo, Mark, and David Hayward from the BBC College of Journalism (internal link). The idea was simple: let’s get everyone at the BBC working on new media […]

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Campaign Rush – FAIL

Well, I’m a bit disappointed. Ian Bogost just launched Campaign Rush, a flash game about the 2008 US presidential election. You pick a ticket – Democrat or Republican – and then have to manage campaign workers in that party’s war room. The phones are ringing, the e-mails are coming in, and your busy little campaign […]

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Budget Hero

This is a perfect example of how exploring an issue through play can make great journalism. Check out the link and find out all about the US federal budget. Usually this is a fiercely complex topic, with reams and reams of spreadsheets – a general all around snore-fest. It’s one of those stories that’s important, […]

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WoW Detox

I hadn’t come across this before, until my good friend Rusty linked me to it. WoW Detox is a postboard for people who are quitting / have quit / are trying to quit World of Warcraft. It’s a simple site – just a place to tell the world why you left Azeroth. But some of […]

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GameCamp ’08

I spent a big chunk of yesterday sitting in Sony’s living room talking about games with interesting people. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday. The occasion was GameCamp London – an unconference about games. As an event, it could have been the bastard mashup of a gaming conference and a private loft party […]

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Remember Channel 4?

Channel 4 announced they were spending a whole pile of cash on interactive education a while back. The first fruits of that are ripe; you can go try Bow Street Runner, a history adventure game. It’s classic adventure game in style – that is, more interactive film than the sort of game we’re used to […]

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Isn’t Blasphemy a Laugh?

Games as editorial cartoons: Molleindustria, makers of the amusing (and clever!) Macdonald’s Video Game, have scored a below-the-belt hit with Faith Fighter. It uses comedy and gameplay to convey a rhetorical point. I won’t spoil the fun by telling you what it is – though you might get an idea from their game description: “Faith […]

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