• About David

    Teacher, game journalist, researcher, PhD student, former comedian, current father.


    Leisure Industries

    by  • June 19, 2007 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Over the weekend I had a chance to chat with a bunch of people who work in the Colorado ski industry. The key points that stuck out to me included: The skiing is a global industry that wants to expand. But expansion is often limited by the high cost for new people getting involved...

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    The Future of Cities. Today!

    by  • June 16, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    What is a city? It’s an obvious question with an even more obvious answer. But the answer probably depends on whom you talk to. An urban planner or mayor, a suburban housewife or a cop, an economist or a game designer, everyone will flavor the basic answer of — big place with lots of...

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    SimCity Sprawls To New Version

    by  • June 12, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Architecture may have the glitz, but urban planning has the classic game. Now, SimCity get’s a makeover with the holiday 2007 release of SimCity Societies. 1Up has some of the details: SimCity Societies PC Preview, SimCity Societies Preview As someone who teaches an introduction to urban planning using games, I’m quite familiar with the...

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    Really Real Real Estate

    by  • June 12, 2007 • News • 0 Comments

    We can debate the relative “realness” of virtual space all we want. But our synthetic worlds continue to strive for a tangibility that is not always graphics based: Eve Online – Video Games – New York Times: This specter of corruption has emerged most recently not in some post-colonial trouble spot but in the...

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    Church Mad About Virtual Church

    by  • June 10, 2007 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    According to BBC NEWS , the Church of England has taken exception to the use of the interior of one of its churches in the PlayStation 3 game, “Resistance: Fall of Man”. Fair enough, they don’t like the idea of space aliens getting their brains blown out in a church. To my mind, what...

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    The Welsh Myst

    by  • June 9, 2007 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Barry Atkins offered this image on his blog SHUSH along with this bit of descriptions: “I took this last time I actually got out to see some of the beautiful countryside we live in. Phone camera picture, unfortunately, it really struck me that it was an arrangement of features that shouted ‘game’ to me....

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    Videogames — One Word or Two

    by  • June 8, 2007 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    As I mentioned, we completed the “Videogame Style Guide and Reference Manual” and have the eBook version available. In the next few days, I plan on posting up an in-depth FAQ on the International Game Journalists  Association site explaining  a lot of the rationale behind the guide and answer questons such as: “How can...

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    The Buzz is Back

    by  • May 28, 2007 • News • 9 Comments

    I know. A terrible way to reannounce the revival of my site. But, hey, I’ve been waiting for brilliance to strike for a year. And I guess at this point I’m just going to have to accept that I’m not that clever. Anyway, a couple of bookkeeping items: The old buzzcut site has been...

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