There are a lot of games out there. Gaming genres are based on game-play mechanics: First Person Shooter (FPS), Role-playing Game (RPG), Real-Time Strategy (RTS), Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO), etc. Yet in addition to this there are the standard traditional literary genres also found within games. You can find Massive Multiplayer Online Fantasy games, First Person Shooter Detective games, and many other variations. This column is intended for science fiction fans who like video games of all sorts.
- More species of creatures created in Spore Creature Creator than are actually known to exist on Earth (reported by 1UP.com). The Spore Creature Creator by Will Wright is just a sample of a portion of the upcoming game Spore, where you can lead life forms from the cellular stage all the way to interstellar conquest.
- New StarCraft 2 Screenshots were released by Blizzard. Additional StarCraft 2 information is likely to be disclosed at the upcoming BlizzCon in October 2008.
- Gears of War is having an epic month: Karen Traviss will be writing the novelization Gears of War: The Battle of Aspho Fields, funding has been secured for a Gears of War film, and Gears of War 2 is scheduled to be released for the Xbox 360 in November 2008.
- Tobias Buckell, author of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin, was selected to write the sixth novel based on the best-selling Halo game series by Bungie. He recently revealed the draft version of the Halo: The Cole Protocol cover.
- Into the Pixel Art Exhibition is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment. It will open to the public at the E for All Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 3-5, 2008.
- PC Video Games Thriving… But In Different Ways Than You Might Expect (reported by Techdirt).
- Just stop it already: Women do play video games. Given the continued discussion of a gender bias in Science Fiction it’s interesting to see this article on C|NET News.com.
- Game Theory could actually save the world! It’s true, if you think that pretending to save the world against the invading alien hordes isn’t a useful waste of time, then check out this article on the Telegraph.
- Superstruct, is a massive multiplayer forecasting game conceived of by The Institute for the Future. The game starts September 22, 2008, and will be played on social networks: forums, blogs, wikis, and other online spaces (reported by Futurismic).
an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game
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