Over on ihobo this morning, a report on the first night of Niantic’s new gym system. It was indeed a colossal land grab, although the gym defence meta-game is going to be shaken up in good ways by the new setup. Not so sure about the players’ opinions of Niantic after the cash-strangle, though… Check out Wave Goodbye to the 3,000 CP Overlords if you have an interest in the game.
Surprised myself this morning by writing something about game design, specifically, the imminent update of the Gym system in Niantic’s Pokémon GO. Check it out on ihobo.com!
Delighted to report that the Russian website Pop Philosophy has an interview with me, in both Russian and English, talking about games, philosophy, Discordians, and cyber-squirrels. Here’s an extract:
There are those who suggest we are living in a golden age of videogames, and if you look at the volume of titles today there is certainly a huge amount out there. But for me, really interesting or engaging titles are few and far between. On the one hand, the upper end of the market, AAA console games, feels constricted by the size of the audience they need to court. It is amazing what is being made now, but we’re deeply into iterating upon the existing player practices. If you wanted to find original concepts, AAA would be the wrong place to look. But then I look at what the indie community delivers and, unsurprisingly, they are making the games they want to play, which are mostly just iterating on the existing player practices too but with less budget and so more rough edges. There’s greater emphasis on puzzles, some ugly violence in the corners, a lot of half-executed retro sensibilities…it’s not lacking inventiveness so much as it has no aesthetic ambition. It’s too safe. It mostly bores me.
Check it out over at the PPh website!
I can only applaud this analysis by Nicholas Lovell about the use of Shouty Men in Hats on Apples’ app store. I too had noticed this – but it took Nicholas’ keen business sense to turn that observation into a salient summary of a trend. Check it out at Gamesbrief!
Cross-posted from ihobo.com.