On the last day of 2003, Game Studies published its issue #5. It includes papers from Edward Castronova, Shuen-shing Lee, Laurie Taylor, Jan Van Looy and yours trully. My paper, entitled Sim Sin City, analyzes a few aspects of GTA3. I haven't read the other articles, but I am sure they will make some good summer reading (at least for us in the southern hemisphere)
The most important thing that happened to me in 2003 can be described with two words: Powerful Robot. I was finally able to launch my very own game studio, along with my longtime friend and colleague Sofia Battegazzore. It’s been a pleasure to work with such a gifted team of collaborators, all of them with no previous game development experience, but with enough passion to be learn fast and become really good at it. Sofía, Pepe, Nico, Fabián & Fede, along with other collaborators and freelancers, gave me a good reason to wake up early in the morning and driving late back home every day. I lost track, but I think we developed about a dozen Shockwave and Flash games and we had a good time crafting every single one of them [more...]
rThe format of the event rr1st day, introduction to the field by the organizers and presentations of selected research papers. r2nd day is reserved for a hands-on workshop exploring game design methods and their effect on the industry and research. The workshop will be conducted by the organizers. rParticipation to both sessions will be free of charge. A more detailed call for participation will be sent out separately in early 2004.
rPolitical videogaming has now reached official status. This is an important moment in the world of political games and game rhetoric, since never before has a candidate, let alone a US Presidential candidate, officially embraced games as a viable communication medium.r
rWe'll look forward to telling you more about this soon, but for now, just play the game.r
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