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What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned?

Exploring the pristine ruins of Second Life and other online spaces<p>I stand at the junction of several dusty, well-traveled roads. Passersby hurry through, chattering and laughing as they make their way from the city looming in the distance to the north, along the paths to the southeast, which …

Video games change the way you dream

Those hours in an alternate reality are messing with our minds<p>Maybe you're meandering, alone and lost, through an abandoned castle surrounded by a crocodile-filled moat. Suddenly, a flame-breathing dragon hurls towards you, snarling and gnashing its teeth, coming in for the kill. Do you wake up …

Sosowski's Professor Oak Dance Off, Lost Levels 2014

A History Of Jeff Goldblum In Games - Lost Levels 2014

Global Game Jam 2014 Keynote

Mi.Mu Glove for Music

<i>Parting words from the Mi.Mu team</i><p><i>We are thrilled with the response to our campaign and so grateful to Kickstarter and everyone who put their faith in</i> …

StoryBundle

SELECTED REVIEWS<p><b>Specters in the Storm by Pauline Baird Jones</b><p>"The author's vivid descriptions of the storm, lightning, specters and the evil being …

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The Woman Behind Apple's First Icons

Thirty years ago, as tech titans battled for real estate in the personal computer market, an inconspicuous young artist gave the Macintosh a …

Weekly critical essays, commentaries, and book reviews on games

We shrink down from three dimensions to two and a half, assuming our more primal forms: I an ape, she a smaller ape. Together we jump over chasms and …

Game cultures

According to a press release sent out by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the end of last week, over 24,000 people attended the conference …

GDC

This thing of ours

REVIEW:<p>The Foundation Stone of Nordic Larp<br>Knutpunkt 2014<p>Edited by Eleanor Saitta, Marie Holm-Andersen & Jon Back<p>(318 pages)<p>The annual larp conference …

Toward Independence – Indiecade 2012

<i>This is a slightly edited transcript of a short talk I gave at Indiecade 2012. It was part of the panel “Let’s Play With the World: Games, Art,</i> …

The Gaming Scene! London Indies

The Gaming Scene is our newest video show! Over the coming weeks we’ll be looking at video games culture throughout the UK and what brilliant …

Made in 48 hours, Fru looks better than most Kinect games

Fru is just a prototype right now, but it looks like it makes really good use of Microsoft's Kinect.<p>"To understand how the game works, you'd have to imagine two pieces of paper on top of each other, each one containing a different platformer level," the team behind the project explains. "In a …

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Building our wings: Train Jam Day 3

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

Train Jam 2014

Key quotes from GDC's fiery Indie Soapbox session

Ten speakers took to the stage at GDC yesterday afternoon to each deliver a six-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. It’s one of the …

Making games is easy. Belonging is hard. #1ReasonToBe

GDC 2014, the most overwhelming GDC I have ever experienced, has come and gone. I saw many friends, too numerous to list, and met even more amazing …

The Videogame That Finally Made Me Feel Like a Human Being

“No one wants to be a woman," cartoonist and noted misogynist Dave Sim once said in one of his many screeds on the inferiority of the female gender. …

Life Hacks: A Netrunner Story » Shut Up & Sit Down

<i>[Our own Leigh Alexander has been learning Netrunner, which we reviewed here. She found the experience pretty important, and we arrived at this. A</i> …

Unwinnable Weekly

Since 2010, Unwinnable has been a showcase for weird, experimental, poignant, funny and iconoclastic stories. We're devoted to examining the …

Eve: The most thrilling boring game in the universe

"All of it surprises me."<p>Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco is a long-time <i>Eve Online</i> player. In real life, he's a retired DC attorney. In <i>Eve</i>, he's a ruthless space dictator. Thinking about his journey from fresh-faced player to being arguably the most powerful person in the game, he tells me none of it …

Games about sex, dance, shapes and relationships shown at Experimental Gameplay Workshop

The Experimental Gameplay Workshop — a curated showcase of some of the most exciting experimental game design in 2014 — featured works that spanned themes like sex, the use of the body in games, forced perspective and subversion of existing game rules.<p>Both independent and established studio …

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The New Arcade Missionaries Are Trying to Convert the Non-Gaming Masses

Wild Rumpus will bring gaming to where the people are.<p>Image: Robin Baumgarten<p><i>For game developers around the world, March is the season to head West. My fellow cave dwellers have awoken from hibernation, flocking, spawning, and returning to our respective territories for the Game Developer’s</i> …

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SUPER GAME JAM

SUPER GAME JAM is a documentary series about<br>making video games in 48 hours.<p>Filmed in five cities over a six month period,<br>each episode pairs two indie …