Monthly Archives May 2003

Half-Life 2

You may have heard about Half-Life 2. Even CNN Money has reported on it, and how it, together with Doom 3, could save the PC games market. Shacknews had a good preview that described the Half-Life 2 action sequences that were shown to the press in more detail. If you read between the lines, it […]

Game industry news sites

A good news site can be worth their weight in gold (irony intended). The ones I currently use are Game Market, for the UK perspective, and MCV Online for what’s happening in Germany. What are your favorites?

Storytelling across The Matrix has an article about how the storyline of The Matrix is distributed over several films, animated series, and the upcoming video game. It discusses what’s special about this approach compared to other detailed fictional universes, such as Star Wars. You’ll need to click through an ad to get to the article. It also links […]

Health potion or shower gel?

Health potion or shower gel? Axe, a cosmetics brand that’s fairly big in Europe, recently released a couple of new types of shower gel. Both their visual design and their message reminded me strongly of health potions: I wonder if its accidental. In any case, these real-world products have not yet reached the effectiveness of […]

The archives are up

My archives magically started working again. I have no clue why. Next time I’ll wave a JPG of a dead chicken at it.

The Matrix, fashion, culture

The New York Times has an article on The Matrix and its influence on fashion and culture in general. Access to the article requires free registration.

Only YOU can save privacy and fair use rights

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a laudable organization fighting for digital rights, has created a game that “highlights the ways that consumers’ privacy and fair use rights are being whittled away by digital rights management technologies, online spyware and data profiling services.” It’s not particularly subtle, but it’s for a worthy cause.


Thalion, the German game development company which still has some loyal fans – now a cosmetics company? (This is only potentially interesting if you know the game development company.)

For your amusement

Angst Technology, a web comic about game developers. (Thanks, Katy.)

Ready, aim

An innovative new computer game input device, mainly aimed at men, has been developed at MIT. I’m refraining from any naughty suggestions because I’m really afraid of what I would find in my referrer logs…