Why are really good games fun? Here’s an attempt to deconstruct one in detail. PopCap’s Peggle: a Masterpiece of game design. I tend to like a certain kind of game. Half-Life, Call of Duty, Halo . . . See a pattern there? A lot of my friends play similar games. You know – hard-core gamer […]Read more "Anatomy of Fun: Why Peggle is a Masterpiece"
Six Days in Fallujah, which I wrote about before, is still alive and kicking, despite fierce opposition and lack of a publisher. Its opponents say its very existence as a game belittles the sacrifice of those who died there. Its supporters say it’s an honest record of the battle. It should be published. Then we […]Read more "Six Days in Fallujah and the Dirty ‘G’ Word"
The Norman invasion of England. It seems like the perfect topic to approach with gaming. It’s history, it’s dramatic, and best of all it’s about battles. The game was developed by Preloaded and published by Channel 4, to go along with the drama series of the same title. I’m a huge fan of Channel 4’s […]Read more "1066 – Game Design FAIL"
I was just on a panel presentation at Futuresonic’s Social Technology Summit in Manchester. The slides were a bit bare of text and we were short of time, so here’s everything I meant to say. Our panel was tasked with answering the question: “How can companies, creative producers and developers prepare for a digital economy?” […]Read more "Futuresonic 09 – Why we Must use Games for Good"
Here’s a great little example of a game where aesthetic design and innovative game mechanics all come together to make something really special. Daniel Benmergui’s Today I Die is a poetic experience, very much a genre on its own. The experience of playing it is all the more valuable because it’s intrinsically interactive – this […]Read more "Today I Die"
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"
There’s a nice little internet storm brewing up over Raid Gaza. It’s an uber-simplified real -time strategy game where you play the Israelis. As missiles curl out of Gaza, you respond by building tanks, soldiers and aircraft to blast the densely populated slums. The goal is to get as high a kill ratio as possible […]Read more "Raid Gaza Makes a Point"