I’ve got an article in GamesIndustry.Biz with contributions from Professor Janet Jones (LSBU) & Tom Phillips & Paul Curry of BuzzFeed on newsgames. It’s a reflection on our gamejam at LSBU;
We recently took part in a newsgame jam at London South Bank Universityalongside developers from BuzzFeed; in that room were people who’d collectively made something like 80 newsgames in the last couple of years. That’s a lot of development in a short space of time. Back in my days as a developer at a bigger studio I spend around 3 years on a single game. By contrast we’ve made a newsgame in a single working day. What was interesting about this gathering of developers is how much we had in common about how we created games, even though we’d arrived at those same methodologies from very different directions… (and I should thank Paul Curry of BuzzFeed, as his presentation on the day was what inspired this article!) So this article gives you some advice from the frontlines of super rapid game creation with some ideas you can try, even if you don’t create newsgames yourself.
Past articles for them are here.
Here’s the links and tweets that caught my eye as we go along. I’ll be updating as we go along…
So a couple of weeks ago we got the new Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night out on all platforms. Here’s the trailer:
You can pick a copy up via the store links on the official site.
We were also pretty pleased with this review;
An improved interface and tweaked mechanics make Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night an impressive sequel.
I was very honoured to be opening this years PLAY15 series of talks in Hamburg. It was a great event and the hospitality was amazing! My talk (on Playing Democracy) can be found here.
Huge thanks to all involved! Here’s some related links:
I’ve been featured in a couple of Guardian articles, so I thought I’m mark that here on me’ old blog…
The first was on newsgaming ahead of the Guardian/Rezzed/Creative Assembly newsgame jam:
“When you make a newsgame you into into a whole new world of controversy,” says Rawlings. “When we released Endgame, we had people telling us that we were clearly on the side of the regime because the game was difficult so we were trying to put people off siding with the rebels; then we had people saying that, because you play on the rebel side, the game is pro-rebel.
“So you hit all those journalistic issues to do with bias, but then you also hit the issue of it being a game. That happened a lot with Narco – people said ‘how dare you treat this serious issue as a game’. You have to be prepared to stand by your work, even more than if you’d have written a song or an essay. You need to say, no, a game can be sensitive to the material.”
The second was some commentry on the new Apple Watch…
“One area I’m interested is in how this might be used for board games. This form has been undergoing a renaissance in recent years as crowdfunding has connected players with creators. You can see the tentative steps in this area with games like One Night Ultimate Werewolf, which uses a companion app to assist the gameflow. Linking that app to a player and their movements adds lots of possibilities; think Cluedo played around the house or Hide and Seek 2.0…”
In other news I’ve been channeling the spirit of 80s/90s B-Movies….
But first – Also wanted to say congrats to @DebbieCo – who was listed in the top 100 women in gaming by MCV and the Green Capital Digital Challenge she was producing has been a huge success so far!
- I did an interview with the podcast Uncaring Cosmos about horror games.
- The Sunday Guardian did an article about our work on Newsgames.
- We were cited as part of another article on war and gaming.
We’ve also released Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night!
Also the AHRC put out a short video looking at games and included Jack the Ripper: Shadow Over Whitechapel…
Just before Christmas 2014 I was featured on Click on World Service as part of a show on ‘serious games; News organisations turn to video games to attract a younger audience and readership.’ Also in the program were experts Jane Magonigal, Jo Twist, Alex Fleetwood & Bill Thompson.