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April 13, 2011
Newsgames Embrace Hard Complexity, not Easy Fun
A response to Paul Carr and Chris O'Brien
Cross-posted from PBS Idea Lab Earlier this month a group of journalists, game designers, and academics gathered at the University of Minnesota for a workshop on newsgames. I was there, as was fellow Knight News Challenge winner and San Jose Mercury News tech business writer Chris O'Brien. After the event, ...
April 3, 2011
Looking Busy
Newsgames and the Paralysis of Media
I'm at the University of Minnesota this weekend, where Nora Paul has organized a workshop on Newsgames. It's an excellent group, comprised of equal parts journalists, game developers, and academics. On the flight over, I read Ivor Southwood's Non-Stop Inertia. It's about the precarious nature of work in the contemporary ...
November 2, 2010
The Newsgames Blog
Are you reading it?
Now that you've ordered your copy of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (you did that, right?) I'd like to remind you that the Newsgames blog is full to the brim with new content. You can find it at newsgames.gatech.edu/blog. Here are some of the latest posts: Pac-Man's Political Cartoon Games Representation ...
March 29, 2010
Mario on the Dole
The adult future of your favorite game characters
Here's another fun excerpt from the forthcoming Newsgames book, from the chapter on "Platforms." Once the playthings of children, characters like The Legend of Zelda’s Link and Super Mario Bros.’ Mario are now blank canvases ready to accept adult scenarios like political scandal, insurance fraud, dysfunctional health coverage, spousal abuse, ...
October 22, 2009
Things I Did Instead of Blogging
The miscellany of autumn
I've been a bit of a mess this week, as I'm finishing up the Newsgames book with my two graduate students and preparing my keynote for SLSA the week after next. Fortunately, interesting things have gone on without me. As I previously mentioned, on Monday, we hosted a colloquium on ...
January 19, 2009
Bird Droppings and Silly Putty
The Hidden Uses of Newspapers
Given my ongoing research on games and journalism, along with the occasional publications of my games by news organizations, I often think about the fate of the newspaper. I'm talking about the print newspaper, that big, black and white thing one folds and unfolds and holds in front of one's ...
June 21, 2007
Points of Entry
New newsgame about immigration legislation
The New York Times has published this month's newsgame, which we created over at the studio. In Points of Entry, you can compete to award Green Cards under the Merit-Based Evaluation System included in legislation recently debated in Congress. The system, proposed in legislation sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy, outlined ...