Life after the Video Game Crash

Check out the rather startling difference between the Atari 2600 title Jet Goblins Attack from 1980 and The Legend of Zelda just seven years later: The yellow block in the first screen is Batman. Now compare Goldeneye (1997) to Red Faction 2 (2004). Same seven-year span: We’re on a technological plateau. The next real leap, the next real difference in how we play games via sensory suits or neural inputs…

A Gamer's Manifesto

If the new consoles are built with a graphics-first mentality, how easy is it going to be to make games that stretch the boundaries of game logic and player freedom? And if so, can we at least have our damned adventure games back? But there’s another, less-obvious side of that muffin: if a machine is so “advanced” it can draw a photo-realistic city in the background of every level, that…

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'Truth in Music' stalls in committee

As these groups lose their remaining original members, others are on stages around the country are using their names, Porter said. Some groups claim an association with the originals, while others say they own the rights to use their titles. “Imposters bask in reflected glory. None contributed to the respected legacies that they claim to represent and the billing should reflect accordingly,” she said, adding that it is a matter…

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How to Get Boys to Sit Down with a Book

Researchers and educators blame the gap between books and boys on everything from a built-in fidgetiness to low expectations to a lifelong association of reading with their mothers, teachers, librarians — all female role models. But now more are suggesting that the problem may not lie entirely within the boys themselves. Some educators believe that the way schools teach reading tends to favor girls, both in terms of teaching style…

Strike Looms Against Game Makers

“People buy games for gameplay, not to hear voices,” counters Finlayson. “And technology creates gameplay, not actors. People who play these games understand that, and in fact, some gamers turn the volume down because (they) find those voices distracting. In film or television, the actor’s performance makes the experience. In video games, it does not.” —Xeni Jardin —Strike Looms Against Game Makers (Wired) Finlayson’s job is to talk tough in order…