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Radiator Blog: Butte, Montana. 1973; a board game about open-pit mining.
"We already know the decapitated Statue of Liberty in Deus Ex can tell a story; perhaps I want to know if a building can tell me a poem.

In that vein, "Butte, Montana. 1973" is a game where you dig around in a box of dirt."

This is marvellous; thoughtful, interesting, perhaps not entirely successful, but the trick of the rain at the end is a very, very nice touch.
games  mining  physical  tabletop  commentary 
march 2011 by infovore
The World of Warcraft video game is every bit as glorious as Chartres cathedral | Sam Leith | Technology | The Guardian
"So here's my theory: WoW doesn't resemble a film. It resembles, rather, a medieval cathedral. And a magnificent one: it is the Chartres of the video-game world. Like a cathedral, it is a supreme work of art that is, on a brick-by-brick basis, the creation of hundreds of artisans and craftsmen, many of whom will be long gone by the time it comes to completion; indeed, since WoW is in a state of permanent expansion, it may not ever be "complete". All those programmers are the modern-day equivalent of stonemasons, foundation-diggers and structural engineers."
commentary  games  wow  worldofwarcraft  mmo  architecture 
november 2009 by infovore
BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Stephen Fry dismisses MPs' expenses row
Jolly good, that man; speaking sense and pointing out the hypocrisy of the media talking this all up. And: how is this different to the hoo-haa over expenses in any other year? No, I don't know, either.
media  politics  journalism  expesnses  stephenfry  fussovernothing  commentary  intelligent 
may 2009 by infovore
Six Days in Fallujah, One Small Problem - Shacknews - PC Games, PlayStation, Xbox 360 and Wii video game news, previews and downloads
"As I watched the gunfire on screen, I should have been wondering what it was like to actually be in the shoes of those soldiers. But as I sat staring, I instead wondered whether the Marines had bothered to observe that building for civilian inhabitants before demolishing it. I wondered how any Marine that got shot in Iraq could endorse a game based on Fallujah where you can be hit by a hail of bullets and walk away. By the end, I was left wondering what Konami was thinking." A strong article from Nick Breckon on the problems already showing with Six Days In Fallujah. Thoughtful, well-reasoned, and not at all knee-jerk. I, too, am already concerned.
games  iraq  militarism  commentary  konami  fallujah  controversy  sensitivity 
april 2009 by infovore
cityofsound: Cables
"Either way, I love reading these cables. The language is crafted so perfectly, despite the constraints. They’re caught between poetry and machinery." Yes. And what a different game it was then; lots to like in this taut post from Dan Hill.
broadcast  media  sport  commentary  compression  cricket  condensation  cables  telegram  bandwidth 
january 2009 by infovore
Curmudgeon Gamer: Review: Mirror's Edge
"A man can only eat so many cheap sniper shots, so many deaths by machine gun from over 75 meters away, so many attempts at a final tricky jump to a tiny ledge across a giant gap, so many degrading restarts... Sometimes I hate games so very much." Sadly, much of this is pretty true.
mirrorsedge  games  reviews  criticism  commentary 
november 2008 by infovore
Comic Book Resources > CBR News: COMMENTARY TRACK: "Invincible Iron Man" #1 with Matt Fraction
Fabulous panel-by-panel commentary on Matt Fraction's first issue of Invincible Iron Man from the man himself. Spoiler warning, obviously, but otherwise, it's great.
mattfraction  comics  marvel  ironman  commentary  criticism 
may 2008 by infovore
Max, 19, hits the road | Travelog | Guardian Unlimited
If you've ever wanted to watch a trainwreck of a comments thread take shape, here's a good place to start.
blogs  guardian  travel  commentary  humour  privilege 
february 2008 by infovore
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: blog all dog-eared pages: Truth, Lies and Advertising by Jon Steel
"There are a lot of similarities between design and advertising, notably the treatment of real market feedback and the opinion of the client, and I think this book nails when and how to do proper user research."
advertising  analysis  nonfiction  book  commentary 
december 2007 by infovore
Daring Fireball: Leopard
"Making backup software that people can’t wait to try, and which, once activated, just automatically kicks in and does its thing on a regular schedule, is like making people want to go ahead and sign up for life insurance."
apple  osx  leopard  review  commentary  backup  timemachine  johngruber 
october 2007 by infovore
The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face.
'The technology is called "tactile response," and it allows you to do things like dial a phone number without staring at your screen like a shit-chucking ape.' This is funny. It may also be true.
iphone  nokia  humor  commentary  marketing  mobile 
july 2007 by infovore
Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta (or Alpha) :: Off the Top :: vanderwal.net
Thomas Vanderwal on the new Yahoo! Bookmarks service. Quite dense.
tagging  bookmarking  ui  commentary  interface 
october 2006 by infovore

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