Flying Logos and Bitmap Alphabets: Arcade Games Revisited

For this morning’s Daily Heller, I interviewed Kris Johns, the design director of Atari, about the past and present of this pioneering digital-game company. Coincidentally, Idea, Japan’s most elegant and comprehensive design magazine, was delivered today. Lo and behold, the issue …

Stars and Engines

Here’s a couple of sweet little ideas that have popped up in separate areas of the web, but carry similar notes inside them, which I found interesting: a little iOS video game called Faraway that’s coming soon, and a series …

Designing a Narrative Experience (Inspired by Portal 2)

As you might know, Portal 2 came out April 29, the long awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 puzzle game, developed by Valve (makers of the Half-Life series). And even though there are many similarities between the original, Portal 2 …

Name That Game

The Metagame is a card game about videogames. Which game impacted the industry more – Space Invaders or Farmville? Which game is more poetic – Tetris or Street Fighter II? Playing the Metagame requires you to know about videogames, make …

Joan Jett's Video-Game Philosophy

I love this image of Joan Jett playing Gyruss in the 1987 movie Light of Day. In Light of Day, Jett plays Patti Rasnick, a rock-n-rolling single mom from Cleveland. Although Patti’s life is a mess, she finds existential—heck, spiritual—relief …