Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category

How to do a transmedia ARG in the UK

An excellent free talk today, on transmedia, from Sophie Smith of Hide and Seek. Many thanks to Gemma of The Exchange in Stoke-on-Trent, and to Helga Henry of Switchboard and the Stoke Your Fires festival organisers. Below are some of my hasty notes, not verbatim — so some of my own interpretation and phrasing may […]

Game On

Birmingham City University’s Game On day is… “a one-day speed–dating style event during which students can meet professionals and potential employers in the videogame industry.” Attendees will talk individually with one of six experts for 15–20 minutes. 23rd February 2011, at Millennium Point, in Birmingham city centre. No mention of any booking requirement, and it […]

Future Gaming Conference 2011

The website for Birmingham’s Future Gaming Conference 2011 is now online. Call for speakers is also out: application deadline is 1st April 2011.

Gamer Camp call

Birmingham City University is now inviting West Midlands game-making talent to apply for its Game Camps. Learn how to make videogames on one of BCU’s three Camps. These are: Gamer Camp Nano (make a game for the Apple App Store) which runs from 4th to 29th July 2011; Gamer Camp Mini (develop and publish PSP […]

NESTA’s Next Gen report – out now

NESTA’s final Livingstone/Hope Report is available online, titled as Next Gen (PDF link, 5Mb). “The [videogames and FX] industries suffer from an education system that doesn’t understand their needs. This is reinforced by a school curriculum that focuses in ICT on office skills rather than the more rigorous computer science and programming skills which high-tech […]

8-bit Funding

8-bit Funding: crowd-fund your videogame.

Morrowind bibliography updated

New version of my Elder Scrolls Morrowind / Oblivion bibliography, annually updated.

An Evening With… The Oliver Twins

Birmingham Metropolitan College has “An Evening With… The Oliver Twins” on 25th January 2011 at the Great Barr campus in north Birmingham…. “Meet Philip and Andrew Oliver of Blitz Games Studios, hear them talk exclusively about their 30 years of industry experience and get advice on how you can get into the videogames industry” £2.50 […]

Games for Learning 2009-2010

Engage Catalogue of Games for Learning 2009-2010 (PDF link, 26Mb). 33 serious and commercial games that can be used for learning.

Arcade Barn

The Arcade Barn is a vintage videogame museum of coin-operated cabinets. Its rather far away from the Midlands — in Exeter, Devonshire — but it’s great that such a museum is even happening in the UK. It’s apparently been featured in a recent issue of Retro Gamer. All proceeds go toward keeping the cabinets running, […]

No.11 Outer Circle – the game

Oh dear — a bus simulator game (German or Dutch, by the look of it). We already have a simulator for the inner West Midlands train lines, so it can surely only be a matter of time before someone mashes up Google Streetview with this sort of bus-sim to produce a “No.11 Outer Circle: the […]

Lord of the Rings Online now free in the UK

The Lord of the Rings Online is now live as a free-to-play online game across the UK and Europe, as of 2nd November 2010. It’s a local game in two senses — produced by Codemasters and based on the immense fantasy world created by local man J.R.R. Tolkien. “No subscription or credit card required”. The […]

Lotro pumpkins

Lord of the Rings Pumpkin carving contest 2010: the gallery of 131 entries.

12 open world “free roaming” video games for the PC

12 open world “free roaming” video games for the PC. This is my list of very large 3D game worlds which allow the player to roam freely. As these are PC games, you can and should mod them if possible. Fallout 3, Morrowind, and S.t.a.l.k.e.r. have been especially heavily modded and bug-stomped by (quite literally) […]

“Doomed, doomed, I tell ‘e!”

Gamesbrief: the business of games pegs West Midlands-based Codemasters as No.1 in his article “Ten games businesses that are doomed”.

Music for Games

Music for Games, 17 musical tinkerings under a Creative Commons Attribution, ShareAlike licence. Download here (70mb .zip file containing: 17 x .mp3 files, artwork and Creative Commons notice).

Game Informer retro covers

Beautifully retro faux-antique covers for the latest issue of Game Informer magazine.

Art History of Videogames

Videos from “the art history of games” symposium, held at Atlanta in February 2010.

LoTR Online for free

The Lord of the Rings Online will be genuinely free-to-play from 10th September 2010 — in America, the UK, and Europe. “No subscription or credit card required”. The West Midlands connections are two-fold: Codemasters is a local company, exploiting a fantasy world created by a Birmingham man. I’ll certainly be taking a peek, come September, […]

Blitz for Creative Networks in Sept

Advance news of the Birmingham Creative Networks event for 30th September 2010. Midlands games developer Blitz is sending its top audio people… “Creative Networks will be welcoming Blitz Games Studios’ Matt Black (Audio Manager) and Richard Blackley (Senior Audio Designer), whose talk will focus on interactive music used in production of the company’s games titles.”