Posts Tagged "Storytelling"

Why Do Games Still Stereotype Women?

Why Do Games Still Stereotype Women?

If someone in a gaming community says, “Hey, let’s have a conversation about the portrayal of women in games,” the response is never, ever apathetic. There is rage. There is eye-rolling. There are myriad “Get over it, ladies” and accusations of misogyny. These varied, often colorful responses indicate that the issue of women in games is as hot as it was back in 1985, when female Nintendo enthusiasts wondered aloud why Mario had to save...

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Why Designers Are Going Social, Casual

Why Designers Are Going Social, Casual

I am not sitting in business class on this flight. Heading home from my first business trip for my new job, I’m struck by a key difference between traveling for my current employer, ngmoco:), and traveling for my former employer, Electronic Arts. It’s not just that I’m sitting back in coach that has got me thinking. It’s more about how I’ve spent my time on the flight. Sure, I had my favorite airplane cocktail (vodka cranberry, if you...

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The New Definition of Video Games

The New Definition of Video Games

When it comes to critics and the video game industry, sometimes, you have to draw a line in the virtual sand. Case in point: Our recent column for CNN entitled What Does ‘Video Game’ Mean, Anyway?, which explains why it’s ludicrous to look to falling retail sales as some sort of canary in a coal mine indicating that the hobby is on the decline, or worse… destined for extinction. The reason why? More people are playing video games than ever...

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Virtual Storytelling Comes of Age

Virtual Storytelling Comes of Age

As ardent fans of fantasy, horror and sci-fi literature in all its forms (comic books, novels, short stories, etc.), it’s no surprise that we also enjoy video games with expansive scripts, well-developed characters and sophisticated dialogue. Unfortunately, while these types of titles enjoyed a renaissance during the ’80s and early ’90s courtesy of interactive fiction, point-and-click adventures and role-playing game (RPG) classics, writing...

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Convergence: A Lost Cause in 2010?

Convergence: A Lost Cause in 2010?

Convergence – the marriage of movies, television shows, comic books, music and other forms of pop culture entertainment with video games – continues to be a hot-button topic in 2010. Not so much in terms of the concept itself (in fact, the term has mercifully started to die out somewhat in recent years), but rather the role in which it’ll play in the advancement of 3D gaming and 3D TV’s larger evolution. Regardless, with movies such as...

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