video games

Grim Fandango brings back one of gaming’s greatest stories

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

  I realize that Teleread isn’t a gaming site, but this once, it’s worth making an exception for one of the greatest stories in computer gaming history. Set in the world of Mexican [...]

Is It More Expensive to Play Video Games as a Girl?

By Joanna Cabot
March 11, 2015 // 4 Comments

Here’s a fun digital media story from The Washington Post: a 12-year-old girl reports on her study of gendered characters in mobile video games. I recently did a technology unit with my own [...]

UK childrens’ storytelling app Story Box seeks Kickstarter support

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

UK game designer Simon Keating, “a designer in the games industry for 20 years” and creator of “the characters and stories for Croc : Legend Of The Gobbos“ as well as [...]

My Summer of Ergonomics: Post-Mortem

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

Back to school today! We have two days of staff meetings, first aid training and general prep time before classes begin on Thursday. So how did my Summer of Ergonomics go? Pretty well, actually. As [...]

Why computer games aren't like novels — but should interest novelists anyway

By libertyc
July 15, 2013 // 2 Comments

Following on from my recent response to Damien Walter’s critique of interactive principles applied to traditional writing, here’s a fascinating—and arguably much better [...]

Guardian interactive e-book video game writing critique misfires

By libertyc
July 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

Britain’s The Guardian has just run another generic anti-tech critique of modern technophilia and the push for interactive storytelling, this time from columnist Damien Walter. He takes issue [...]

Why We Need Off-Line Media

By libertyc
July 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

GigaOM’s Lauren Hockenson has a great response to the recent gaming headlines about SimCity, Xbox One and the concept of the always-on console. Reading her arguments about why gamers need to [...]

Xbox One Update: Microsoft Backs Down!

By libertyc
June 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

I wrote earlier this month about the upcoming Xbox One from Microsoft, the successor to the company’s popular Xbox console. Its release was controversial because it was to come built-in with [...]

Why Big Publishing Should Care About Video Games

By libertyc
June 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

Have you been following the story of Xbox LIVE, the latest-generation video game console from Microsoft? If you have any interest in media, content creation, and the new digital economy, you should [...]

We Goofed! Nintendo story accidentally appeared as ours

By Dan Eldridge
May 15, 2013 // 6 Comments

Yesterday evening, we posted as our final story of the day a fascinating article about a new Nintendo video game titled Tomodachi Collection: New Life, which has been described as not unlike a [...]

Weekend Roundup: How I overcame snobbery to self-publish an e-book

By Dan Eldridge
May 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

StoryBundle Launches Video Game-Themed E-Book Campaign (Good e-Reader) Is Nigeria Ready for the E-Book Revolution? (This Day Live) How I overcame snobbery to self-publish an e-book (The Telegraph) [...]

The SimCity Debacle: Another lesson in why DRM is a bad idea

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 5 Comments

For anyone who is still not convinced that DRM, as a concept, is a terrible idea, the recent Sim City debacle illustrates why. The short version is, software publisher EA so feared ‘piracy’ of [...]

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study

By libertyc
February 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children’s author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; [...]

The Byook is a unique combination of graphic novel, movie and game

By Dan Eldridge
February 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like I’ve been hearing about more and more companies lately—some of them new, and some that have been around for awhile—that are putting together [...]

Supreme Court strikes down video game restriction law, makes future a little safer for e-books

By libertyc
July 2, 2011 // 1 Comment

A few days ago, the Supreme Court struck down a controversial California law requiring restriction of violent video games to minors. Without going too deeply into analysis, the court found dubious [...]

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