Journal

Everything labelled Gaming

Entries in the Gaming category generally relate to videogames, in one form or another. You won’t find anything about sports in here — my gaming is always done from a comfy chair.

Do gamebooks need fights?

Fighting Fantasy, the brand that defined the 80s gamebooks did exactly what it said on the tin: fantastical adventures with plenty of fights. But were those fights really necessary?

Do gamebooks need fights?

Game modes in digital gamebooks

Is it possible to create a modern digital gamebook that appeals to a wide variety of players — without alienating any of them? Probably not, but I think we could increase the odds that most players will enjoy them by designing gamebooks with multiple game modes: this would allow players to choose how they play.

Game modes in digital gamebooks

Gamebooks: Game or Book?

I’ve been pondering gamebooks of old: not only what I liked about them, but what I loathed too. Mechanics were the biggest turn off for me, yet they are a defining part of what makes a game. This got me thinking: are gamebooks more game than book? Or is it the reverse?

Gamebooks: Game or Book?

Sex in games is worse than violence

A short article on Wired comments on a poll run by What They Play, the US-based website aimed at educating parents about computer games. It would seem that responsdents to the poll think violence in games is much more acceptable than a bit of rampant prodding.

Sex in games is worse than violence