Valentina Bertani

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The Story Of Two Games That Took Forever To Make

Earlier this week, <i>Chasm</i>, the years-in-development action-adventure platformer inspired by games like <i>Super</i> <i>Castlevania IV</i>, finally got a release window …

Game Design

Celeste Taught Fans And Its Own Creator To Take Better Care Of Themselves

For game developer Matt Thorson, tough-as-nails yet kind-as-kittens platformer <i>Celeste</i> represented a breaking point. His depression and anxiety had …

Step Inside The Forest Of Liars

<i>Forest of Liars</i> is an upcoming adventure game inspired by both American and Japanese animation, in which players enter a dangerous forest and …

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The Swords Of Ditto Is A Wonderful Remix Of The Original Legend Of Zelda

The moment when I realized that I love <i>The Swords of Ditto</i> was when I was reincarnated as a frog.<p><i>The Swords of Ditto</i> is a very cute PC and PS4 game …

The RetroBeat: Hemingway helps me explain why I like retro games

I don’t only play video games during my spare time. Well … OK, I do. Almost exclusively. I was beginning to feel a bit bad about just how much video games dominated my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love them! But surely getting into some other hobbies would be good for me.<p>I decided I’d read more. …

Blog Post: Game Collecting: A Reality

Game Collecting: A Reality I have two hobbies of collecting things. One of them is video games. The other one is none of your damn non-transforming …

'I got my Year 1 class blogging – and it has transformed their writing skills'

“Has Doreen been on yet?”<p>That’s the shout that starts most of my Year 1 classes each day. The call is followed by children running into the class to …

What is a plot point? Find and plan clear story events

What is a plot point, and why is it helpful to think in terms of plot points? Read on for a definition and tips for making significant events in your …

Creative Writing

Plot Points: A Storytelling Exercise

How to use plot points for creating stories.Today’s fiction writing exercise is an excerpt from <i>Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises</i>. This exercise …

Fun Writing Activities for Preschoolers

Writing is a lesson kids will use for a lifetime. Teaching preschoolers to write through fun activities shows them how to write every letter in the …

Sound, Sense…and Self?

Teaching poets is no easy task. For one thing, it demands an especially keen awareness of a student’s feelings—sensitivity was important in creative …

INTERVIEW: Breaking Down & Rebuilding Pop Culture Worlds with ARIE KAPLAN

The fun and challenge of writing age-appropriate tales with today's most popular cultural characters!

Un gioco epico in formato tascabile: articolo sull’App Store

J.J. Abrams Developing Sci-Fi Drama For Television

J.J. Abrams is boldly going where he's gone before — television.<p>The writer/director/producer is developing a sci-TV drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If it gets a green light, it would be the first show he wrote and created since 2008's "Fringe." Currently, Apple and HBO are both …

Star Trek

Watch this nuanced analysis of sci-fi film Ex Machina

Film critic Allison de Fren examines some of the complex issues raised in the 2015 <i>Ex Machina</i>. Her voiceover alone makes it worth it, but the insights …

AI And The Future Of Government | Articles | Big Data

There has been much debate in recent months about the need for governments to start putting regulations in place to control the rise of AI. Tech …

Artificial Intelligence

Celeste Release Date Set for Later this Month on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Super Meat Boy meets Towerfall in this upcoming platformer.<p>During this morning's Nintendo Direct Mini, the pixelated platformer Celeste announced it …

Indie Games Fe And Celeste Arriving On Switch Very Soon

Previously announced indie games Fe and Celeste have been scheduled to hit Nintendo's most recent platform for a while, but we've yet to receive …

Indie Gaming

Fe finally reveals its forest of mysteries in February

Upcoming EA-backed-but-still-indie platformer <i>Fe</i> is releasing at the most appropriate time it can: Smack dab in the middle of <i>Fe</i>bruary. Developer Zoink …

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We Played A Game On Switch That Teaches You Japanese

With the new year comes some New Year's resolutions. One of mine is that I've always wanted to learn Japanese. I've tried twice to teach myself …

The Making of a Dream Project: Liz Hannah on Writing ‘The Post’

“The Post” screenwriter Liz Hannah rings up from her Hancock Park home the Friday before that big awards show announces its nominations. You’d have a hard time finding a more superstitious place than two writers on the phone. The word jinx comes up several times and I suggest a tenuous compromise …

Watch new footage of Platinum’s Granblue Fantasy action-RPG

Granblue Fantasy: Project Re:Link looks great in motion<p>Publisher Cygames and developer PlatinumGames announced in summer 2016 that they were working on an action role-playing game based on <i>Granblue Fantasy</i>, the popular mobile fantasy RPG, for PlayStation 4. Today, we get a very good look at that …

A young girl challenges reality in a magical VR short

Neil Gaiman’s story comes to life<p><i>The Wolves in the Walls</i> is a story told through VR that begins with a little girl drawing your eyes. Once your eyes have been drawn properly, you can see the world around you. That’s before she realizes you’re a bit on the tall side and draws your eyes lower so …

Slay The Spire is the best new CCG on Steam

They went and made the gameplay bit first<p>We get a lot of stuff coming into early access these days, especially on Steam. <i>Slay The Spire</i> surprised me, however, not just because of the reception it’s received from fans but for actually putting the gameplay first in the development cycle.<p>That’s right. …

The rise of augmented reality

Pokémon Go gave us an early look at augmented reality it in the summer of 2016, and now the tech giants of the world are also launching their own AR …

Videos: The Award-Winning Sci-Fi Short Film Breaker

This is a the sci-fi short film <i>Breaker</i>.<p>It was written and directed by Philippe McKie, and stars Yuka Tomatsu, Arisa Hanzawa, Kazuya Shimizu, Shingo …

Science Fiction

ThinkGeek Added Hundreds To Their Massive Winter Sale

ThinkGeek is helping the nerds in your life get ready for the holidays. Score up to 70% off of a ton of products and apparel during their Winter …

Geek

4 Augmented and Virtual Reality Projects That Point to the Future of Education

Education has been a recurring theme throughout the many programs of the NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership where I serve as an Executive …

Augmented Reality