What’s the opposite of anthropomorphism?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes Dog Ownership and Video Games – NYTimes.com. Dog ownership is like a videogame….. The characters are unremarkable. The setting is ordinary. The action is dull. But like all games, owning a dog is about the quiet magic of doing. The … Continue reading

For Creators of Video Games, a Faint Line on Cloning – NYTimes.com

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute For Creators of Video Games, a Faint Line on Cloning – NYTimes.com. Indie developers simply don’t have the infrastructure to produce games in the same way that the big companies do. Yes, I know that the big companies all started … Continue reading

Comments on Bartle: ‘Current Social Games Are Not Fun’

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Gamasutra – News – Gamelab 2011: MUD Creator Bartle: ‘Current Social Games Are Not Fun’. (June 30, 2011) Mostly, I agree. Most games on Facebook, “despite being called social, are basically solo games, with a veneer, just a simple layer … Continue reading

The Ludologist » Gamification Backlash Roundup

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Nice summary. The Ludologist » Gamification Backlash Roundup. For me the most important comment is this one: Sebastian Deterding’s Pawned. Gamification and Its Discontents: “Games are not fun because they are games, but when they are well-designed.” Be the first … Continue reading

Violent games not to blame for youth aggression

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Finally! A study that looks for the keys where they were lost rather than under the streetlight. Violent games not to blame for youth aggression. Ferguson found that depressive symptoms were a strong predictor for youth aggression and rule breaking, … Continue reading

EA says single-player games are finished?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Frank Gibeau from EA says: I volunteer you to speak to EA’s studio heads; they’ll tell you the same thing. They’re very comfortable moving the discussion towards how we make connected gameplay – be it co-operative or multiplayer or online … Continue reading

What, EXACTLY is the problem with getting to play the bad guy in Medal of Honor?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Video Games – In Medal of Honor, Role Playing Includes Taliban – NYTimes.com. Real live soldiers are dying for the cause of freedom (not to mention piles of innocent bystanders), yet having the freedom to play what you want and … Continue reading