Anatomy of a meme, or why games journalism is iffy

Raph Koster comments on the internet buzz surrounding a blog entry that went viral. It is like playing a giant game of telephone. Accurate (The Guardian): Game designer Raph Koster picked up on a forum thread about recruitment consultants and WoW. Wrong stuff starts creeping in (Games Campus, which also wins a prize for the headline “How to be jobless in a down economy”): Raph Koster at Massively picked up…

Teaching by Lying: Professor Unveils 'Last Pirate' Hoax

Owens’s exploits might have been lost to the mists of time if not for an undergraduate student named Jane Browning, who stumbled on the story in a cafe in Gloucester County, Virginia, and tracked down the man behind the legend. You can read more about Owens in his Wikipedia entry and on Ms. Browning’s blog, The Last American Pirate. On YouTube, you can watch Ms. Browning visit the site of…

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Searching Under the Rug: Interfaces, Puzzles, and the Evolution of Adventure Games

The challenge in an adventure game is not based on fighting enemies, building armies, or the usual competitive activities associated with video games. Rather, the player has to figure out what the designers were thinking when they built the game and follow some script of events in order to win. These events are activated by actions the user can perform and the necessary actions are created by the player executing…