Posts Tagged ‘Ian Bogost’

Medal Of Honor: Beta, Criticism

By Jim Rossignol on October 4th, 2010.


Ah, time for fresh manshoots. The Medal Of Honor beta is open and ready to accept you. You should probably sign up there if you want to shoot some men.

What you should definitely do, however, is read Ian Bogost’s scathing analysis of EA’s decision to drop the “Taliban” name from their game:

“Medal of Honor is just another well-produced first-person shooter, one that invokes a recent war as a marketing gimmick to accompany an equally generic plea to “support our troops.” Playing as the Taliban never mattered anyway. It was just a menu item, so no big deal to remove or rename it. Just a marketing tag on the box. Just a clever hook to spin free publicity, and just an inconvenient but essentially irrelevant feature to drop when the Army brass raised its eyebrows.”

There are some big implications tied up with EA’s marketing awfulness, as Bogost explains. Read.

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Smart Casual: Cow Clicker

By Jim Rossignol on July 22nd, 2010.


The bizarre response of the games community to the success of Facebook games – a mix of hysteria, hatred, and irrational claims about it “destroying” the games industry – has been a hot topic for 2010. One of the calmer and more concise discussions of the phenomenon is over on Mr Ian Bogost’s blog. He didn’t just write about it, however, he did what game designers do, and made a Facebook game of his own: Cow Clicker.

You get a cow. You can click on it. In six hours, you can click it again. Clicking earns you clicks. You can buy custom “premium” cows through micropayments (the Cow Clicker currency is called “mooney”), and you can buy your way out of the time delay by spending it.

It’s not entirely satire, but it’s pretty funny.

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IGF Factor 2010: A Slow Year

By Kieron Gillen on February 16th, 2010.

Ian Bogost’s A Slow Year is “A chapbook of game poems for Atari VCS, PC, and Mac”. As in, it’s primarily developed for the VCS – being released in a limited edition cartridge – with the other two system being ports. It’s picked up a nomination for the IGF Nuovo Award. It will inevitably drive some people mad by its mere existence. Good. Some people exist to be annoyed. Your annoyance is a barometer of whether culture is progressing or not. It’s available later this year. Until then, we talk to its creator about A Slow Year…
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