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July 1, 2012
Two Takes on Alien Phenomenology
From the Italian news and an online reading group
Today yields two humbling approaches to Alien Phenomenology. First, an article by Evan Selinger in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, L'anima delle cose ("the soul of things"). It's in Italian, but I'm sure you can figure out how to read it somehow. Corriere della Sera is a very old ...
February 15, 2012
The Perils of Farmville
Me on NPR's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane
I've had a chance to be on a number of different radio programs, both national and local. I really like doing radio, particularly longer programs on NPR and CBC since the additional time really allows more sustained exploration of a topic. It's also particularly fun and weird to be on ...
January 31, 2012
Slashdot Q&A
Just a short pointer post for those who get my updates via blog or RSS. Last month Slashdot covered the Wired article about me and Cow Clicker, and invited readers to pose questions. The editors selected some, which I answered, and which Slashdot has now published. The questions were good, ...
December 20, 2011
If the reader clicks the word "cow" then the cows will come.
Wired's online cow clicking game about Cow Clicker
As promised, I'm now linking the iPad and web versions of Wired's story on Cow Clicker. There are some interesting features of each. The iPad edition features clickable cows that moo, but the online version of the story really, uhm, sets the moood... it includes a complete Cow Clicker-themed cow ...
December 15, 2011
The Curse of Cow Clicker
In this month's Wired Magazine
Jason Tanz wrote a fantastic feature for the January 2012 issue of Wired about me and Cow Clicker. The feature includes, to use Levi's words, a centerfold of me, on a fence, in a pasture, with a cow (see below). The print issue is on newsstands now, with a web ...
November 19, 2011
Two New Interviews
Two new and relatively extensive interviews with me were recently published. The first is in Forbes, conducted by David M. Ewalt. It mostly covers material from my latest book, How to Do Things with Videogames, but there's some new material toward the end. The second interview, with Aaron McCollough, appears ...
October 3, 2011
The Unbearable Lightness of Clicking
Leigh Alexander on my games
Popular game enthusiast site Kotaku just published an article by my friend and game writer Leigh Alexander, about my last two games, Cow Clicker and A Slow Year. My good friend Frank Lantz makes several appearances. I guess I'm not going to say much more about the article, except that ...
July 10, 2011
Recent Interviews
It's interview season, apparently. I've done a number of interviews recently, and I figured it would be easier to link them all at once for my devoted readers enjoyment (that's you). First, Laureano Ralon published oan interview with me on Figure/Ground Communications. The interview covers the state of scholarship and ...
July 4, 2011
Social games? Boeh!
Cow Clicker in Het Parool
The Dutch newspaper Het Parool ran a story last Saturday about Cow Clicker. You can read a scan of the story below (in Dutch, click for the large version), but equally interesting to me is the fact that the paper put an enormous Cow Clicker cow on the front page ...
June 3, 2011
Cow Poke
Edge Magazine's Feature on Cow Clicker
The May issue of the UK-based consumer videogame publication Edge Magazine included a four-page, full-color spread about Cow Clicker, written by David Thomas. Edge is sometimes hard to find in North America, but they recently put the piece online, so you can read it there. The article is fantastic. It's ...
May 18, 2011
What do Videogames do to Art?
A response to the NEA frenzy
Last week the National Endowment for the Arts announced their new call for proposals in an "Arts in Media" category. This category, in the NEA's words, "seeks to make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through the national distribution of innovative media projects ...
January 17, 2011
Cow Clicker in the Svenska Dagbladet
Here's the Cow Clicker cow displayed enormously across the culture section of the Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden's main newspaper. There's something tantalizing and disturbing about seeing the cow on newsprint. The article it accompanies can be read online, although it's in Swedish. ...
January 9, 2011
Press Round-Up
In lieu of a real post
I've been busy since the holidays catching up and preparing for the new term, which makes this the requisite occasional "I haven't posted on the blog" blog post. Since I've been reduced to such self-referential shame, I figured I might as well take things even further and offer my readers ...
September 20, 2010
Me in Playboy
In the articles, I mean
Playboy runs a "top professors" feature in their annual college issue, and I am fortunate to be one of the twenty profs baring my intellectual gifts in the October issue, even if in brief (not in briefs though). The rest, I'm afraid, will have to be left to your imagination. ...
September 9, 2010
Stuff I said to the Press
I thought I'd share few recent mentions of me in the media. I try not to do this with every little mention, but all of these are really good articles that you should read anyway. First, Chris Suellentrop's New York Times Magazine story Video Games that Bring Afghanistan Home. It's ...
July 26, 2010
Moos and Merch
Cow Clicker coverage and crap
I wasn't entirely prepared for the runaway success of Cow Clicker after it's release last week Indeed in the near future, I might pose the question of what counts as "success" for such a work. In the meantime, here's a quick rundown of a few of the more lively discussions ...
January 25, 2010
The New Nerd Mafia
Me in the Best of Atlanta
The Atlantan just put out their annual Best of Atlanta issue, and it includes a "design" section which features a handful of Georgia Tech researchers, myself among them. You can read it online; you'll just have to navigate to page 34-35, where the article begins. There are some zingers. As ...
December 12, 2009
Racing the Beam is a Front Line Award Finalist
Game Developer Magazine holds an annual Front Line Awards, for "the year's best game-making tools in the categories of programming, art, audio, game engine, middleware, and books." Racing the Beam is among the finalists. We're definitely an outlier, the other books covering much more "practical" development concerns (Game Coding Complete ...
November 29, 2009
Once Upon a Time in the West
Exhibiting Guru Meditation
I spent part of today assembling and testing Guru Meditation cartridges. Some are bound for collectors, but I'm also readying one to ship off to Slovenia for exhibition at Pixxelpoint 2009, the 10th International New Media Art Festival. The theme of the show is "Once Upon a Time in the ...
October 29, 2009
If You Follow Me...
Twitter and Subtlety
In June 2007, Ian McCarthy and I started performing Wandering Rocks on Twitter each Bloomsday. My original explanation of our project began with the phrase "I do not like Twitter." I hadn't realized it until today, but back in June (almost exactly two years after our first effort), my name ...