“Games should be the television of the 21st century. What TV did for
entertainment, news current affairs and education is now open to games”. Singer
continued, “In this new world Harry Potter is merely a book, but World of
Warcraft is a future pointing phenomenon. So why do games remain caged in a mire
of middle-aged ignorance and misplaced puritan ethic? The Rethian act that
founded the BBC in the 1920’s now needs to be recreated for games, as the last
thing we need is more public service television. We need public service games
where the concept of educate, entertain and inform are
converged into one word - engage. After all, reality is only an
information rich game”.
His bolds, not mine. He's keynoting at EIEF this year...
Consider this one fascinating trend among teenagers: They're spending
less time watching professional sports and more time simulating those
sports on Xbox or PlayStation. Now, which activity challenges the mind
more — sitting around rooting for the Packers, or managing an entire
football franchise through a season of "Madden 2005": calling plays,
setting lineups, trading players and negotiating contracts? Which
challenges the mind more — zoning out to the lives of fictional
characters on a televised soap opera, or actively managing the lives of
dozens of virtual characters in a game such as "The Sims"?
I have a theory too. All that challenging, all that 'engagement', all that stimulation, just ups television's value as a 'relaxant' all the more. Active and passive media: entirely complemenatary according to mood and need?
It used to be that if there wasn't anything good on telly there was a dearth of things to do. Hang out at bus stops, maybe. Not so nowadays!
I was watching a bunch of kids play games yesterday, from Halo2 to WoW to EyeToy. Again and again, they're such an eye-opener. 13 year old M loves World of Warcraft so much he can't even sit down when he plays it, he's so hyped. He plays standing up, like a rock star at the keyboard. Then there's H who, in response to the question, "So you're playing together, and it's violent combat, and-" gently corrects his questioner with, "I'm a priest. I heal. It's my role in the team." Or 14 year old A, who carries Halo 2 in his rucksack with him wherever he goes (yes, it's 16+). 15 year old S, who - with her friends - has cracked a whole bunch of cheats for Singstar Party which means you can just hum along and still score top...
Welcome to the site of the 2005 Machinima Film
Festival. This site will cover all the news and information related to
the 2005 festival as well as the 2005 awards. There's some really cool
stuff planned for the event. Besides the event itself, we've also added
two new awards to this year's categories - Best Machinima Series, which
awards the best episodic Machinima, and Best Off-the-Shelf Machinima,
which awards the best Machinima made with a game as purchased.
Remember Sony put out a call for a lookalike for Antonia, Queen Bayle of EverCrack?
There are five finalists now. In the rules, it doesn't state anywhere that the would-be lads-mag models need to have ever played Everquest, or even know who Antonia is. And this is where it gets interesting. Numbers One and Two of the finalists clearly have no clue what Everquest is, nor do they care -
I consider myself athletic, confident and feel that I embody the qualities of your heroine."
.. your heroine, note. Pff. Number Three is beautiful AND mentions fighting skills, but a half-hearted effort still, just a one-liner. Number Four has done her research, but is frankly a bit wimpy.
Then there's Number Five. Number Five is clearly a BARKING EVERQUEST FAN. She got the head gear! She plays! She makes her own costumes. Come on. Finding some model who can be dressed up as Antonia can't be hard. Finding a fan who can will be a bit tougher, just by dint of numbers, but it looks like they've struck Norrathian gold here:
I am making Sony's and Stuff Magazine's Quest for Antonia Bayle my own
personal quest. With my profound desire to experience the wonder and
excitement of the Fantasy world, I am fully immersed in EQ 2. To those
who are voting, please recognize that I don't just have the looks to be
Antonia, but my strong desire to be Antonia is represented in my
commitment to create my own costume and prepare photos specifically for
this contest. I understand the regal nature of the Queen of Qeynos and
know that I can represent her well to her fans, as one of her fans. I
also have the modeling experience to properly represent Antonia on
behalf of SOE. I want to be the real life version of Antonia because I
possess the physical attributes to properly represent her, I have the
class and passion to present her character respectfully, and I want my
fellow gamers to be proud of their real-life Antonia as she makes her
You get my vote, elf lady! Sony, if you pick the bland wannabe models over the awesome cosplay girl, I will be very upset with you.