Benmergui’s Storyteller
Game Reviews

Benmergui’s Storyteller

You’ll have to click here to try this one out. I love the experiences that Daniel Benmergui builds. He takes digital storytelling into thoughtfully new experiences, while keeping the concept elegant and accessible. If I recall correctly, he won the Nuovo Award at the Independent Games Festival last year. I’ve also had a chance to … Continue reading

You Only Live Once… Seriously
Game Reviews

You Only Live Once… Seriously

I once wrote a post about amnesia, immortality, and mind control. Unlike the game, Planescape Tourment, You Only Live Once takes on opposite approach towards the “feature” of replay-ability and narrative. In Planescape Tourment, your death and resurrection are the resultants of the main character’s immortality. I’ll let people discover, for themselves, the model of life and death in … Continue reading

"The Most Important Video Game Yet Made" – The Beatles: Rock Band, Debated
Computer Culture / Game Reviews

"The Most Important Video Game Yet Made" – The Beatles: Rock Band, Debated

First, if you haven’t heard about it, come tomorrow (9-9-09), The Beatles: Rock Band is released.  In preparation for its receptions, the game has instigated a lively inter-generational debate.  The lines are not so clearly drawn as to which communities or generations rest on which side, which makes it quite a unique situation. Many people, … Continue reading

Edutainment and Lessons "Learned" from Commercial Video Games: Jazz Band Revolution
Computer Culture / Game Reviews

Edutainment and Lessons "Learned" from Commercial Video Games: Jazz Band Revolution

“Jazz Band Revolution” …. Trust me, this is a great idea. A fellow EIS labmate recently gave a class presentation about the “Edutainment Fail.”  To its credit, edutainment is responsible for my first interactions with desktop computers.  Games such as Oregon Trail, Logo Writer, some lemonade stand game, and that typing game were widely used … Continue reading