The Sunday Papers
Sunday Morning is a time for slowly making your way across London town whilst carrying very tired friends. Though, I suppose, that was more Saturday Night. Sunday Morning is now Sunday Afternoon, but still - its true purpose remains. That is, compiling a (shorter than usual) list of fine games-related reading from across the week for your entertainment whilst trying to avoid linking to potted histories of last night's clubbing or in fact any music whatsoever. Go!
- Ian Holdstock mailed me a while back with his paper on "Greek Tragedy And Its Relation To Interactive Media". Which I enjoyed, and said if he ever put it online, I'd link to it. He did and I have. KOTOR, Portal and (especially) Mirror's Edge features prominently. And he got an A. RPS Reader Brain-dump for high-marks winnah! All RPS Readers are "A"s in our book.
- Edge do a big ol' feature on building gaming's future, with an eye on User-generated content and "indie" development. Jim thinks the observations about publishing-as-restriction are interesting, and comprise an argument against Steam catering wholesale for indie games.
- Point/Counterpoint. Point: Michael Samyn of Tellers of Tales argues eruditely about how achievements open up many new types of videogames, whilst not one they're currently pursuing. Counterpoint: Only dicks care about achievements.
- Okay - I know if I played pretty much anything from the club I went to last night there's only go to be whining, no matter what. So, sit down, turn on the computer and find myself thinking, for no reason at all, of Mistakes & Regrets by They Shall Know Us By The Trail of the Dead. I fear there's always a reason.