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Short Story - The Big Music

Ever wondered what it might be like to be truly, truly, indisputably, deliriously, happy? This tale suggests that music may be the key ......

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2011...the best bits...games

For most of the latter half of the year I was certain that I knew my two favorite games of the year, but a late arrival landed and screwed ...

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2011...the best bits...movies

It's been a good year for movies, partly because I've been going to the cinema a lot more, so have actually seen many of them '...

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2011...the best bits...Photographs

It's been another great year with the camera in tow...here are some of the highlights of the year through the lens. ...

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The economics of a AAA MMO...

A very good article over on Eurogamer today about the risk, reward and future ahead of the launch of The Old  Republic this week, that wil...

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Some indie game goodness...

...two very different games to mention today... As a huge fan of games like Exit , this one looks really cool, and has a certain stylis...

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For those who enjoy the writing in Age of Conan...

...our lead scribe, and generally awesome storyteller Mr Joshua Doetsch, has a new novel out called Strangeness in the Proportion . It'...

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How to feed your trolls and influence people...

This post is an adapted version of the presentation I gave at the Montreal International Game Summit this year. So if you want to learn a l...

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I think...

... Skyrim might actually be too big for my tastes! It is a fantastically crafted world, and it is a compliment that it is seriously eatin...

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Must Play: Batman Arkham City

I had the chance to wrap up the main story-line on Arkham City this week. So what did I think? Short answer: Great game, worthy sequel, p...

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Ethics and Digital Citizenship panel...

As part of Media Literacy Week I will be taking part in a panel discussion here in Montreal next Tuesday. Organised in conjunction with th...

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MIGS 2011 - Another good year!

The Montreal International Game Summit is now done and dusted, and it was once again a really cool event. There were a lot of interesting s...

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MIGS Tomorrow...

I'll be speaking at the Montreal International Game Summit tomorrow, you can find all the details of my session here over at the offic...

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I think...

...it's been a busy month, lots of work, and not so much time to catch up on various forms of entertainment... ...have been able to...

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...Brains...Brains...

The zombies invaded Montreal today, so what better to do then follow them around with a camera? I swear that if we ever actually do experien...

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Podcasted...

Simon Ludgate, with whom I had the pleasure of doing a presentation with at the Canadian Games Conference earlier in the year, grabbed me t...

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All in a good cause...

This weekend sees the Extra-Life charity event in full swing, with an intrepid team of our players joining thousands of other gamers around...

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So you want to be a producer...

...the latest video from the wonderful folks at Extra Credits explores the world of management, and what exactly it means to be a producer...

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The one where Ergo plays cards with the Yuttos...

Yes, you will definitely need to have been an Anarchy Online player to get the reference there, but I just had to go with that title after s...

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As Kevin Smith once said...

...it's not for critics... ...Massively's Soapbox post today is on one of the topic's that always fascinates me...how people s...

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Photographic Time Travel...

...sometimes the simplest ideas make for the best projects...   Behind The Scenes And 'Back To The Future' With Photograp...

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The Success Anomaly

So the big news of the weekend for MMOs was that Star Wars: The Old Republic has an official release date, and will launch over the Christm...

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I think...

...I was pleasantly surprised by the OnLive service . With such a busy year I hadn't really had the chance to sit down and try it out u...

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You will always live on Mr Henson...

Today would have been Jim Henson's 75th birthday and today's Google Doodle  paid fitting tribute . I can't imagine how drab and...

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Much better than just banning them...

Think the sequel to the notoriously difficult Demon Souls might be hard enough as it is? Developers From Software came up with an ingenious...

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A good week...

...incredibly busy, but very satisfying. The period after you launch a major update (or in this case an expansion pack to your game) is usu...

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Must Play: Deus-Ex Human Revolution

Finished the new Deus-Ex from Eidos Montreal today. As someone who was a huge fan of the original game I had high expectations. Even acco...

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How to feed your Trolls and Influence people...

...cryptic messages on a Wednesday morning? No, that's the title for the lecture session I will be giving at the MIGS 2011  confere...

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Must Play: Bastion

If I had my way you wouldn't be reading this post, you would be playing through the rather excellent Bastion that has been released re...

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Another potentially interesting Kickstarter campaign

This time it is some of the writers who worked on Perplex City coming together to try another project. While not quite a full on ARG it shar...

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The Back-story Alternative...

...or why that quest text you ignore actually matters... ...but maybe not for the reason you think. So what are we talking about this t...

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I think...

...that despite there being quite a bit of apathy towards it, I really enjoyed the first season of Falling Skies . Most of the characters cl...

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Posts incoming...

...been a little quiet with all the travels this summer, but usual service will be resumed shortly as I catch up on the mails and get round ...

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Thoughts from the end of Comic-con...

To be honest it was a little tough to be at work this week. With the tragic events unfolding in Norway, somewhere I had come to think of as ...

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Sights from Comic-con...

The convention invariably overflows with photo opportunities, and this year was no different. Walking around the show floor with the camera...

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