Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Links

Some great finds around the web this week, all about crossing boundaries and breaking down barriers. Please to enjoy.
  • A cool thesis project in which the author creates female character models for Team Fortress 2 and raises some interesting questions about gender in game design.
  • Terrific piece from The Escapist about being a gamer with OCD. Read this especially carefully if you're one of those people who needs help seeing past stereotypes.
  • I don't entirely agree with everything in this Kotaku feature on the problems with lumping games into genres, but it's worth a read, if only to prompt some critical thinking about how what we call games translates into how we interact with them and with each other.
  • From the same publication, a profile of scientist brothers who decided to make a zombie game for the iPhone/iPod Touch - and pulled off a David-and-Goliath-style victory over major publishers on the sales charts.
  • My old college pal Mike Schramm gives us a great preview of the odd conglomeration that is the "Cyber Renaissance" art style of the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • This post from The Brainy Gamer reads between the lines of NYT game critic Seth Schiesel's most effusive reviews to show us a "journalist advocate" desperately trying to break down the wall separating videogames from mainstream respect.

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