Archive for January, 2011

Tilt-Juhana: LittleBigPlanet 2 ja Epic Mickey

Monday, January 31st, 2011

(Kuva: Epic Mickey)

Viime aikoina Tiltin saitilla on julkaistu mun arvosteluni peleistä Fable III, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Deadly Premonition, World of Goo, LittleBigPlanet 2, DC Universe Online, Epic Mickey, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective ja Infinity Blade. Arvostelut voi tsekata myös videon muodossa.

Tilt-blogissani Parempia pelejä olen kirjoittanut videopelaamisen ikuisuusprojekteista, pelistä Deadly Premonition, vuoden 2010 parhaista peleistä (osat 1 ja 2), vuoden 2010 muista kuin parhaista peleistä, Nintendo 3DS:stä ja ajatuksesta, että pelaamisen pitäisi olla hyödyllistä.

(This post is a series of links to Finnish-language articles I’ve written in my day job as the producer of the videogame tv show Tilt.tv.)

Knudebooks for 2011 are online

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Knudepunkt 2011 is still a few weeks away, but the unprecedented three books published this years are already online.

Do Larp, edited by Lars Andresen, Charles Bo Nielsen, Luisa Carbonelli, Jesper Heeboll-Christensen & Marie Oscilowski, features “scripts” from larps made in recent years. I have one article in this book, detailing the production of my game Muovikuppi.

Talk Larp, edited by Claus Raasted, features rants and provocations about larp in the Nordic scene. I have two articles in this book, one about designing popular art games and the other a critique of the games Fat Man Down and Gang Rape.

Think Larp, edited by Thomas Duus Henriksen, Christian Bierlich, Kasper Friis Hansen and Valdemar Kolle features academic articles about larp and roleplaying.

Research Blog Antarctica #100: Race to the End of the Earth

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Exhibition: American Museum of Natural History: Race to the End of the Earth (2010)

I was visiting New York over the holidays, and there was an exhibition about the race between Scott and Amundsen to reach the South Pole at the American Museum of Natural History.

The most interesting parts of the exhibition are the various items on loan from the Scott Polar Research Insititute and the Fram Museum. There’s a scrap of paper from Scott’s journal and Amundsen’s binoculars. Scott’s hut has been replicated, and seeing the living quarters of the men in real size is an interesting experience.

There was an attempt to engage the spectators with trading cards featuring various expedition members. The idea was that you’d pick a random card and follow the person depicted on it through the exhibition. The card’s were quite neat. I couldn’t help myself, and had to collect the whole set.

The exhibition struggled mightily to make the race between the two men seem an even one. Typical of a lot of Anglo-American commentary, it’s very understanding of Scott’s foibles, content to ascribe his failures to bad luck. The reality of the race was that the superior man won and the amateur died.

Role-playing a mainstream

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I published an article called Role-playing and the Mainstream in Andrea Castellani’s anthology Larp Graffiti (2010). It’s been translated into Czech. Part 1 is here and part 2 here.