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Who knew? A simple flap facilitates a well-established psychological theory. shutterstock.com

Flappy Bird and the eight secrets to optimal gameplay

The deceptively simple mobile game app Flappy Bird enjoyed immense popularity when it was launched last year, before being taken down in February by its Vietnam-based creator Dong Nguyen, who said it was…
Well-designed games can produce positive social outcomes. Games for Change

Gaming for social good is more than an ethical diversion

Most of us are only too aware of the seemingly intractable problems we’re facing within healthcare, education, community building, environmental sustainability and regional conflict. But could interactive…
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Game cultures

According to a press release sent out by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the end of last week, over 24,000 people attended the conference this year. One of the most interesting things about GDC…
Story design considers game mechanics an expressive part of a game’s story. JD Hancock

Indie videogames are taking it to the next level of story design

This week’s Game Developers Choice Awards at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco saw some of the usual big hitters win, but also, intriguingly, smaller independents such as puzzle game…
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Games criticism as its own thing

I am currently in San Francisco to attend the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). It’s the biggest event in the games industry, depending on what measuring stick you use. E3 in Los Angeles is the…
As games get more realistic, discrepancies become more apparent. Steven Andrew Photography

AAA ratings: when do videogames become too realistic?

Repetition is a rare phenomenon in the real world but a sense of déjà vu is common in the game world. Games made by large studios with massive budgets, often called AAA games, have become ever more detailed…
Come on old chap, let’s get you a nice cup of tea and a bourbon cream. smademedia

BAFTA wins reflect British flavour in modern gaming

As early as 2009, Keiji Inafune, then head of R&D at games company Capcom saw the writing on the wall. “Japan is over. We’re done. Our game industry is finished,” he warned. And the 2014 BAFTA Games…
The Last of Us is as gripping as many of the films you’ll see in the cinema. PlayStation Europe

We’ve delivered our Citizen Kane, now give gaming an Oscars ceremony

Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, actresses and directors are, by now, finalising their outfits and having their manicures in preparation for the impending Oscars ceremony on 2 March. It’s considerably…
Videogames have the capacity to be complex and engaging in ways not possible in other media. Koen Van Weel/EPA

All work, all play: the art of videogame writing

Games writers dream up characters, dialogue, motivations and plot much like film screenwriters. But rather than keeping an audience captive for two or three hours at a time as in cinema, gamers will play…
Trouble reading? Maybe try videogames. Flickr/rachel sian (image cropped)

Videogames may help dyslexia: study

Action-packed videogames might help dyslexic adults learn to read, according to a study published today. Dyslexia is a reading…
Exercise in front of screens has yet to take off. wiiuspiele

Sorry gamers, Wii Fit is no substitute for real exercise

It’s been about ten years since Sony popularised “exergaming” – games where you move your body along with the game – with the release of Eye Toy. The device projected players into video games by getting…
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The spectacle of play

This month I am trekking around Europe with my partner, and I had the good fortune to be in London on the night of the fifth Wild Rumpus event. In a gallery space in central London on a Saturday night…
Staring down the recession. litherland

Overlooked creative industries are recession-proof

The creative industries have not only survived, but also thrived, in the recession, according to data released by the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport. This may come as a shock. The report details…
Popular online games such as League of Legends were brought down, one by one, as a hacker group trolled a single gamer in December. rafaelgames

How hackers turned online gaming into a real-life fiasco

A spate of internet hacking during the New Year period – including an attack on Skype by hacker group the Syrian Electronic Army, and another on social media photo sharing app Snapchat by website SnapchatDB…
Ridiculous Fishing, one of many memorable games of 2013. Vlambeer

Fishing, puzzles and music: videogames of 2013

I love writing and reading Games Of The Year posts. It’s so nice to just once every year be given the liberty to think back on the games you played, not forward to the games you might play in the future…
Advergames on mobile phones allow advertisers to directly target young children with games that promote unhealthy food. Toca Boca/flickr

Advergames play with nutrition by making fast food rewarding

Advergaming is a relatively recent approach to advertising that overcomes many of the limitations of traditional advertising. But advergames are increasingly being used by fast food companies to target…
Device 6 is an interesting and intriguing entry to the indie games market. Simogo

Review: Device 6 is no tired blockbuster videogame

We live in exciting times for videogame development. The rapidly growing indie game scene has started to provide an antidote to the creative stagnation of the now mature videogame industry. One such game…

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