Gaming in the digital age: portable, social & massively multiplayer
Various pieces about gaming in the digital age: social gaming, portable gaming, massively-multiplayer online games (MMOGs)
1) "Gaming: Amazon's New Developer Tools Are a Launch Into 'Blue Ocean,'" an article about Amazon's new game developer tools (Lumberyard & GameLift) for IEEE Spectrum on Feb. 15, 2016
2) "The End of Gold Farming" – Real-world laborers make real-world money in virtual worlds. But maybe not for long. An article for the Oct. 2010 issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine
3) A story about the music scene in the virtual world Second Life. For the Sept. 7, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone. [PDF]
4) "Design for the Real World – Super Mario Brothers" A piece examining the phenomenon that is Nintendo's franchise built around a plumber named Mario – a figure who is the most widely recognized non-human around the world today, even more widely recognized than Mickey Mouse. From the July 29, 2011 episode of WNYC/Public Radio International's "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen"
5) "Nintendo 3DS - Best of a Dying Breed" In 2011, Nintendo Co. launched arguably the most eye-catching handheld gaming device yet, the glasses-free 3DS. That's 3D as in "three-dimensional."
Early reviews and consumer preorders are impressive, which is just what we'd expect from Nintendo. The company has a track record of turning select technologies into well-designed systems, each of which carves out a niche all its own. Last time around, while Sony and Microsoft were trying to outdo each other's high-def video gaming platforms, Nintendo went a different way, with the non-HD, marketplace-redefining, motion-capturing Wii. Yet the challenges Nintendo faces today would give even the Mario brothers pause.
A story for the June 2011 issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine
6) "Words With Friends: Not Your Parents' Scrabble" – Words With Friends reinvents a 65-year-old board game for the iPhone era. A story for IEEE Spectrum on Dec. 28, 2011.
7) In a similar vein, I wrote a piece on "data mining" the traditional game of Scrabble, for the same issue.
Image: Nintendo Corp.