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No Fun at All

Jun. 6, 2011 by

This spring I had a chance to sit down with Ian Bogost and talk about Cow Clicker. Like a lot of people, I find Cow Clicker fascinating. Like a lot of people, I don’t think Cow Clicker is fun, at

The Missing Middle: Looking for Fun at GDC

Mar. 9, 2011 by

Here’s what I learned at the 2011 Game Developers Conference: The most interesting dialog about games has moved from a sort of constrained, technical conversation around the ins and outs of making games that people want to buy and play

The Simple Pleasures of Tresspassing

Jan. 21, 2011 by

The ever-insightful Gus Mastrapa points to one of the central pleasures in videogames in a recent colum: Video Games Make Trespassers Out Of Us All We don’t realize it, but our everyday lives are full of limitations. Our daily rituals

Minecraft Urbanism and Taking the Fun Out of Place

Dec. 17, 2010 by

Minecraft has become a recent obsession. A sort of SimCity meets Lego meets Dungeons and Dragons, the emphasis is on building and exploration. And all the while you click away at the endless landscape of blocks, you have a feeling

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(Board) Games and Architecture

Oct. 4, 2010 by

.There is an ongoing interest in the idea of games and architecture. Usually this means videogames. And usually this means how buildings are designed in games. When you want to think more about the concept of games and the concept

Computing Comes to the Surface

Apr. 15, 2010 by

The most interesting technology surprises. The iPad surprised me. Hold it in your hands and it is just a big iPod. Neat, flashy. A wonderful gizmo. But just that, a gizmo. The surprising thing happens when you lie the device

GDC Day 3: Seriously, they Have Games Here

GDC Day 3: Seriously, they Have Games Here

Mar. 12, 2010 by

If you go to swimming pool convention, do you go swimming? My guess is that you just stand around with a bunch of balding men with deep tans and talk about filters. But I really don’t know. At GDC, the

GDC Parties

GDC Parties

Mar. 12, 2010 by

Do you want to know what the best part of a GDC party is? You are not there. If you were there then you’d just be standing around, talking to the three or four people you might know. You’d be

GDC Day 2: Super Ball!

GDC Day 2: Super Ball!

Mar. 11, 2010 by

Any culture that gives you hard candy to listen to someone tell you about software has lost track of something. What, I’m not sure. But wandering the stiff wonderland that is the GDC Expo, you pretty much expect that if

GDC Day 1: Your Monitor is Lame

GDC Day 1: Your Monitor is Lame

Mar. 11, 2010 by

I’m an individual, just like everyone else. Not so long ago, the appellation “gamer” meant you were a part of something special. The blessed. The ones that got it. Being a gamer was more about not being one of the