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Girl glasses: Avatars in Animal Crossing

I can’t decide between two pairs of glasses. I like the pair I’m trying on now, but I’m not fully convinced I like it better than the pair I had on a …

Animal Crossing

A history of World of Warcraft’s gold economy

Questioning the “Red Gold Menace” theory of <i>WoW</i> economics<p>When I started playing <i>World of Warcraft</i> in 2004, it was the heyday of the Chinese gold …

LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents

After decades of growth and innovation—in 2000, the company was the fifth-largest toy maker in the world—LEGO hit a major slump. In January 2004, it announced a huge deficit. It was, by its own accounts, bleeding cash to the tune of $1 million a day. Owner and CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, grandson …

Los Angeles

Alternate history aesthetics in Red Alert

<i>Red Alert 1</i>, released in 1996, was one of the few Real-Time Strategy (RTS) releases of its era to shy away from a historical fantasy or far-future …

Albert Einstein

Experimental class aims to reinvent life drawing

London Drawing took a residency at the Tate Modern, with the lofty aim of reinventing life drawing. Events held at the gallery took the traditionally …

Behance

Embracing failure

Last winter, I spent some time living in a large house on top of a hill in Berkeley, California that was being shared by a group of people who all …

8 things I learned making Extrasolar

When I started working on the science fiction game <i>Extrasolar</i> over three years ago, it was only the second game-related project I’d ever worked on. I …

Exposing instabilities: interview with skot deeming

skot deeming, also known as mrghosty, has done more exciting work in games and new media than I dare imagine. A curator with a long list of digital …

Crafting epiphanies: interview with Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert has been independently making adventure games since 2001, and founded indie studio Wadjet Eye Games in 2006. Wadjet Eye creates …

The morality tale of John Green’s FIFA soccer team

Let’s talk sports. In 2002, the English football club in Wimbledon was purchased and moved to Milton Keynes. The local supporters felt betrayed by …

Learn architecture without going to architecture school! A quick DIY guide for game developers

I’m an architect, though I rarely turn my talents to the design of physical installations anymore. I matriculated at a major university, in a …

Libraries

Composing a soundtrack to a game while it’s being played

As Obi-Wan and Yoda discuss Anakin Skywalker’s future near the end of <i>The Phantom Menace</i>, you can hear the faintest whisper of the “Imperial March” in …

Digital bodies in music videos at the turn of the millennium

A machine can encourage new patterns of behaviour, building different postures and muscle groups. Historically this has been most clearly understood …

Highrise machines for optimistic living

I recently finished watching <i>Mad Men</i>. One thing that has always struck me about the show is the way that it uses verticality. It opens with the slow …

The vast, unplayable history of video games

Finding a full print of <i>Metropolis</i> wasn’t simply about understanding how that film was made, or even just about seeing it in full—seeing <i>Metropolis</i> can …

Archives

Archives I Have Loved: Video Game Research in the Dustbin of History

The discussion on Twitter yesterday about video game archives and archive-based historical work stirred up some memories about the work I’ve done in …

Local level design, and a history / future of level design

Right-side modified from “Unscaping the Goat” (Ed Byrne, Level Design in a Day @ GDC 2011)<i>This is adapted from my GDC 2015 talk "Level Design</i> …

This Perfect Chrome Extension Replaces "Millennials" With "Snake People"

"For Snake People, A Generational Divide." H/T creator @ericwbailey.

Disciplining Black Queer Motherhood

<b>By Shannon Nasah-Miller</b><p>No, I am not over it. I hoped to have some of the events of Memorial Day weekend washed away. My wife and I love to thrift. …

Manifesto

Faded billboards hang broken and battered over the information superhighways you used to dream of traversing. There are no eyes left there to see …