Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Planet IF blog aggregator

Chris Armstrong has started up a "planet" aggregator for interactive fiction news: Planet IF.

This is simply a site which automatically distributes a whole range of IF-related blogs and news sites, including Brass Lantern, Emily Short's blog, Grand Text Auto, and many others. Bookmark Planet IF, or drop your favorite RSS reader onto it, for regular updates on the text adventure world.

(Nothing directly from me, but that's my fault; I don't have any IF-specific feeds.)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Zarf speaks: Game Genre and Game Interaction

As promised, the content of my April 22 presentation:

Game Genre and Game Interaction

Thanks to Joe Gilbert of the Scholars' Lab for inviting me to speak at UVA.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Interview with Rand Miller on Uru

Quick pointer to an audio interview with Rand Miller, conducted by Julian Murdoch of Gamers With Jobs, the day after Uru Live shut down.

Here's a text transcript by Uru players Generator, CrisGer, and Mara.

Not a lot of new specifics, but it's the best braindump we've gotten recently from behind Cyan's magic curtain.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Zarf shall speak: Game Genre

An upcoming thing: I have been invited to participate in the University of Virginia Library's speaker series on digital scholarship. Nifty, eh? I will be giving a talk at UVA (Charlottesville) on April 22. I'm not sure of the exact location; I understand it's the "Digital Therapy" grad student luncheon series.

Game Genre and Game Interaction -- noon, April 22

This is not a huge sweeping tapestry of ludological theory; it's just my notes on what the heck we mean when we say "game genre". Show up if you want to hang out. There will be food, as befits a luncheon. Casual food, as befits grad students. If I know grad students, cookies are a good bet.

EDIT-ADD: It happened. Yay! See here for a link to the text.