Serious gaming

A trawl through some of the serious and educational games released over the past decade shows many designers still haven’t grasped that fun is to videogames what plot is to novels

I never seem to have to hand decent examples of video games designed to convey factual content or meaning. Here’s an excellent article on the state of serious games, which contains links to a whole bunch of recent entries into the space.

Come for the graphic design, stay for the citizen science.


Yes, but who is number 1.5?

I’m a bit of a fan of four-line kites, but flying one like this is disconcertingly reminiscent of Rover from The Prisoner.

No? Just me?


Other science video competitions

There are at least two more science film projects online, alongside SciCast; the Wired/PBS broadcast mashup Wired Science are soon to launch a competition for high-school students (scroll down), and New Scientist are running their own equivalent via YouTube.

I’m assuming the former is only open to US participants, but if you’re in the UK and enter the New Scientist competition, feel free to send your film to SciCast too — we’ll make sure it’s archived so schools can use it (YouTube is usually blocked by local authority firewalls).


Will it Blend … Chuck Norris?

Looks like the seminal Will it Blend? may be coming to a natural conclusion: they’ve tried blending Chuck Norris, with surprising results.



I need a new word

I need a word for the feeling of intense ennui and frustration one feels when attempting to find any shot that can fill a gap of six frames, only to find that every camera is repositioning at exactly the same time.

‘Fit to fill’ has never been so abused.

I’ve put a few new films up at SciCast this week, by the way, along with an old favourite.

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For some reason, I’ve been flicking my way through a bunch of time-lapse videos on YouTube. There’s some fabulous stuff, though I’ll say again: current YouTube quality is only ‘good enough’ because we don’t know better. I’m not just being stroppy or ‘professional,’ we’ve been here before: remember the postage stamp-sized early Quicktime, how utterly magical it was to see that back in 1992… and how quickly it started to look rubbish?

Anyway, the tricky bit about time-lapse is finding something appropriate to point the camera at. Anthony Powell has the perfect subject: Antarctica. Wow.

Worth checking the silly film competition Anthony won, too.