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Video games can never be art. Having once made the statement above, I have declined all opportunities to enlarge upon it or defend it.

Video games can never be art

That seemed to be a fool's errand, especially given the volume of messages I receive urging me to play this game or that and recant the error of my ways. To hell with longer games, tell me how SHORT your game is. I was going to skip The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

To hell with longer games, tell me how SHORT your game is

It's not that the game looked bad, or that the reviews rubbed me the wrong way — in fact everything released about the game made me believe it was right up my alley — but I knew I didn't have the time or energy for another game of standard length. And by standard length I mean anything that's eight hours or more. Then I got to the end of Polygon's review, and learned that the game was only a few hours long. Games, stay away from art. Please. Games and art.

Games, stay away from art. Please

Art and games. Do you feel your eyes rolling involuntarily to the back of your head? In the insider world of designers, critics and gamers we have long grown weary of this particular debate. But outside our closed circles, people still find it a surprisingly intriguing question. It's a common conversation about the wrong thing. 1.

Expériences de game design

The best of 2024 in gaming will reshape gambling, pro-sports and the food we eat. In the future, video games will have their own Oscars and the nominees for 2024's awards will include games that let you print 3D food, gamify a mash-up of gambling and savings accounts, and earn real-world power-ups for your favorite pro sports teams.

The best of 2024 in gaming will reshape gambling, pro-sports and the food we eat

Speaking to a packed auditorium at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University for the kick-off of this year's Games for Change Festival, author and game designer Jane McGonigal walked the audience through the idea of ten-year forecasting and how it impacts game design. The idea, she explained, is similar to how Jelly Belly jellybeans can be mixed and combined to create different flavors, like a banana split or candy apple. But with forecasting, researchers look at signals, things that have become important topics of discussion, and see how they could combine in the future to create something new. Everwin Everwin is inspired by three signals.

Magical Mystery Dinner. Video Games and Moral Choices. Tests et mesures des productions interactives (2/3) : évaluer un jeu vidéo. Par Rémi Sussan le 26/03/14 | 4 commentaires | 563 lectures | Impression Emmanuel Guardiola a clos la matinée de la journée d’étude PraTIC en nous présentant un exemple des méthodes de modélisation du joueur.

Tests et mesures des productions interactives (2/3) : évaluer un jeu vidéo

Il vient de terminer un doctorat sur l’élaboration de profils psychologiques du joueur au laboratoire Cedric du CNAM, mais il est par ailleurs game designer depuis une quinzaine d’années et a travaillé sur de très gros jeux, pour Ubi Soft et d’autres. Modéliser le joueur n’est pas une pratique récente, nous a-t-il expliqué en préambule. Même dans Space Invaders, il existait un système de score qui peut être considéré comme une forme primitive de modélisation ! Tests et mesures des productions interactives (1/3) : des sciences cognitives aux tests d’interfaces. Par Rémi Sussan le 11/03/14 | 5 commentaires | 1,405 lectures | Impression Comment un outil technologique interagit-il avec notre cognition ?

Tests et mesures des productions interactives (1/3) : des sciences cognitives aux tests d’interfaces

Question complexe, mais éminemment pratique et concernant au premier chef designers, concepteurs de jeux et chercheurs en sciences cognitives. Tests et mesures des productions interactives (3/3) : évaluer le “sérieux” d’un jeu. Peut-on créer un monde de jeu vidéo infini. Non, c’est mathématiquement impossible.

Peut-on créer un monde de jeu vidéo infini

Mais il existe des jeux vidéo aux dimensions interstellaires, si vastes qu’ils sont impossibles à visiter en entier. Depuis trois ans, Kurt J. Mac voyage à travers le jeu vidéo Minecraft, marchant toujours dans la même direction dans l’espoir d’atteindre un jour le bout du monde, un monde pourtant conçu pour être infini. Le joueur, qui diffuse chaque étape de son périple sur YouTube, a déjà parcouru 700 kilomètres.

Est-il techniquement possible de réaliser une carte infinie dans un jeu vidéo? Gaming's favorite villain is mental illness, and this needs to stop. One of the most destructive aspects of mental illness is that it is invisible.

Gaming's favorite villain is mental illness, and this needs to stop

There is no obvious physical indication that someone is struggling with a mental health concern. They don’t swell up or wear a cast or waste away, evoking the sympathy and understanding of those around them. They sit at their cubicles or their home office desks or behind their bathroom mirrors and often suffer in silence. The discussion surrounding mental health can also be invisible. It’s one of the least-understood public health concerns, despite how common mental health problems can be in the population. The cult of the cookie clicker: When is a game not a game?

There's a growing obsession online with cookies, imaginary chocolate chip cookies. In early August, avant-garde game developer Orteil put his latest prototype online: Cookie Clicker. In the free game, players have to click on a cookie to produce a cookie. Those cookies can, in turn, be used to increase cookie production through the purchase of virtual grandmas, farms, time machines and the like. There is no goal in the game beyond producing cookies at an ever increasing rate.

30 Years Later, One Man Is Still Trying To Fix Video Games. You could probably make a comic arc in Peter & Company about such a guy.

30 Years Later, One Man Is Still Trying To Fix Video Games

I can just picture Peter becoming acquainted with an old man who most of his peers consider a crackpot for his radical ideas and who also had a guardian when he was Peter's age (so he could see Seth, for example). As it turns out, the old man is quite skilled in something that interests Peter (Music, Art, what have you), and starts to share some of his wisdom with Peter.

Peter then begins to question why no one seems to respect the old man since he has some great ideas, and has to learn the hard truth that sometimes the world simply refuses to listen to someone even though they're right. Of course, since I suggested this idea, it now means you'll never use it.