ARG Panel at Virtual Worlds London

On Tuesday I’ll be moderating a panel on Alternate Reality Games at the Virtual Worlds London conference. ARGs (Alternate Reality Games) have become a hot topic in recent months. It’s hard not to think of an ARG as a virtual world in which the interfaces (including websites, email, text message, even telephones) are those we […]

Playful

Playful is a one-day conference about games, happening on Friday the 31st of October, 2008 in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. Add it to Upcoming or Facebook or, you know, just register. Focusing on the creative and cultural dimensions, Playful examines game design as both a discipline and craft, offering different perspectives on its […]

Guild Dinner Party

A couple of weeks ago, just as I was finally getting sucked into World of Warcraft, I received this mysterious invitation. Now, this guild is actually a bunch of real-life friends who use Warcraft to hang out together. Members who have outed themselves include Alice Taylor (who recently blogged about receiving some guild postcards) Kim […]

Argh. A wasted opportunity for an ARG

Considering that season two of Torchwood had an accompanying Alternate Reality Game, I was excited to see what was apparently a mobile phone number prominently featured in the penultimate episode of Dr Who. It even completely filled the screen for a few moments. Considering the amount of screen time given to something that was ostensibly […]

Game Camp 08

I was at Game Camp 08 on Saturday. It was held in Sony’s 3Rooms building near Shoreditch which is amazing. Imagine your dream flat, but full of rather more PS3s and PSPs than you could ever need. That said, the Sony branding wasn’t actually overpowering, and the venue was a very good choice. The day […]

Physics Games

Three different physics games I’ve been enjoying recently. You might like them too. 1 – Toribash (Mac, Windows) is my favourite fighting game ever. The physics, rendering and tense multiplayer action make it an instant addiction. 2 – Crayon Physics (Windows) is the freeware prototype of something which went on to become the eagerly awaited […]

Moshi Monsters – Get Your Rox Off

Mind Candy (the company behind Perplex City) have a new project. Moshi Monsters is their latest thing, and I really like it. It’s actually two things in one: a flashy-spinny-phone-charm-thing and a web-pet-tamagotchi-puzzle thing. The ‘MoPod‘ mobile phone charms are conveniently available from Michael Smith’s other company, Firebox. Let’s start there, since it’s currently (at […]