Monthly Archives July 2004

Vertical integration

Well, there you go, it’s the biggest games industry news item of the year so far: EA has bought Criterion. The number one middleware maker now belongs to the number one developer / publisher. What does it all mean?

New gaming blog: Ron Gilbert’s Grumpy Gamer

My friends told me it was antisocial to obsessively comb through my referrer logs every day. So I dumped them. I wish I hadn’t though, because now I can’t gloat at them for finding a link to Ron Gilbert‘s new blog, Grumpy Gamer.

So it’s come to this

If all else fails, bombard them with quirky links, even if they have been lying around on your hard drive for months.

Woman in game

I’m sure you’ve read this: Spider-Man 2 star Kirsten Dunst ordered video game designers to tone down the animated version of her character Mary Jane – because they gave her over-inflated breasts. The actress was asked to give her approval for the sequel’s new merchandise and had to chastise the game’s saucy creators. She says: […]

Small update

I have been very busy again, hence the lack of recent updates. We just passed a major milestone, and now we are preparing for a meeting where we are presenting the result of that major milestone. Many loose ends need tying up… Last Saturday Noah Falstein and Bob Bates happened to be in Vienna, and […]

Boy inspires cancer video games

A nine-year-old boy with leukaemia has inspired a video game to help children understand and deal with cancer. Read about it here. Being a cynical old grouch in some ways, it’s not often that I call something moving and inspiring. But I find this moving and inspiring. It’s not the only positive general news item […]

Interview with Lee Sheldon

My friend Lee Sheldon has written a new book on storytelling in games which I can’t wait to read. has asked him some questions about it in a new interview (as I just found out from Slashdot Games).

Sociolotron, a BDSM MMORPG, more or less

I seem to be picking up material from an ever-decreasing number topics these days. This time, a BDSM MMORPG, and it’s link to a shadowy figure from my past.