London, YouTube Torched

Today, the Olympic torch is making its way through London, where I live. Of course, it’s being covered by all the media. There’s some tension: a lot of people in this city view the torch passing as the perfect opportunity to send a message to the powers in Beijing. The BBC covered the torch relay live. […]

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Shoot the President

Can games be journalism? Take a look at Exhibit A: JFK Reloaded, from now-defunct Scottish game studio Traffic Management Games. It’s a first-person shooter designed to accurately model what happened at about half-past noon on November 22, 1963. You are in the position of Lee Harvey Oswald – on the sixth floor of the Texas […]

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Taking up Space

People are reading less and less. They’re also watching less and less TV. The reason? They’re switching to interactive entertainment like the internet and video games.Here’s a piece of bricks-and-mortar support for that wild inference. Borders, one of the largest book retail chains in the UK, has started selling video games. This may seem like […]

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How to Fix Reality

(Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Play to Victory) Jane McGonigal delivered a really good presentation about game design at GDC this year.  It’s called ‘Reality is Broken.’ Game designers pretty much have it all figured out. We’ve invented a medium that kicks every other medium’s ass. As game designers, we own more […]

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Journalism on Xbox

Imagine a factual game on a console. Tough market? Sure. Prestige? You bet! The potential for impact is high. Releasing to console is a pipeline into 10 million homes, if you’re talking about Xbox. And I am – trouble is that releasing a game to console typically takes years and millions of dollars. Well, not […]

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Any of you who are online/wired journalists might find this interesting. has a social network just for us newfangled online journo types. Yes, I know – another social network. But it’s specific to theme. Social network speciation, you might call it. The specialization means it’s better at what it’s supposed to do, in this […]

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Insurgency is a 3D shooter game set in contemporary Iraq. You play either a US Marine or an Iraqi insurgent and fight it out. You can see the trailer here or DL a hi-res version here. Now, the interesting thing about this is that the whole project was started by a soldier who’d come back […]

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Forget the Story

Thoughts on Interaction-Based Journalism Journalism expressed in a video game can be interaction-based, not story-based. What the hell does this mean, anyhow? It means that games could give journalists a completely different way of reaching their audience. There’s three basic modes of learning, right? Lecturing, storytelling and play. We all know which is the least […]

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