Debord and Dubai

Debord and Dubai

Aug. 5, 2007 by

This piece is a few years old, but after spending some time reading Debord this spring, I thought this quote was worth underlining: Sand and freedom | | Guardian Unlimited Arts This is the type of empty, rootless scenario that

Not Enough People

Not Enough People

Jul. 17, 2007 by

The L.A. Times has a good piece covering some of the fading interest in some parts of the Second Life grid. While the article focuses on why advertisers are rethinking an investment in an online, syntehtic world presence, one line

Is this 3D

Is this 3D

Jul. 6, 2007 by

The amusing central fallacy of 3D environments is that, in most cases, they are not 3D. Instead, they are 2D + time projections of three-dimensional model data. That we can suspend belief enough to find outselevs “inside” these 3D places

Concepts to Give a Rest: Part I — Procedural Literacy

Concepts to Give a Rest: Part I — Procedural Literacy

Jun. 23, 2007 by

Something’s been nagging at me lately. In the rush to use “games to teach” we keep skipping over the obvious question: Teach what? So, it was with some interest I picked up on this item: Kotaku, the Gamer’s Guide The

Leisure Industries

Leisure Industries

Jun. 19, 2007 by

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.

The Future of Cities. Today!

The Future of Cities. Today!

Jun. 16, 2007 by

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

SimCity Sprawls To New Version

SimCity Sprawls To New Version

Jun. 12, 2007 by

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

Church Mad About Virtual Church

Church Mad About Virtual Church

Jun. 10, 2007 by

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

The Welsh Myst

The Welsh Myst

Jun. 9, 2007 by

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

Videogames — One Word or Two

Videogames — One Word or Two

Jun. 8, 2007 by

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