Will The 21st Century Be Defined By Games?

On Monday, Kotaku ran Eric Zimmerman's Manifesto for a Ludic Century, a treatise on the importance of games as a paradigm for understanding the 21st century. Eric outlined systems thinking, play and design as crucial future literacies and argued that games as an art form should not have to be justified. » 9/11/13 3:00pm 9/11/13 3:00pm

Manifesto: The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Games

Previous centuries have been defined by novels and cinema. In a bold manifesto we're proud to debut here on Kotaku, game designer Eric Zimmerman states that this century will be defined by games. » 9/09/13 2:17pm 9/09/13 2:17pm

You can now watch the "Hotheaded Developers Rant Back" panel from the Game Developers Conference. Panelists like Eric Zimmerman, Anna Anthropy, Kellee Santiago, Anna Marsh, Naomi Clark and Mitu Khandaker all talked frankly and often rousingly about issues ranging from poor planning to crunch time to racial and gender… » 5/06/13 4:30pm 5/06/13 4:30pm

The Difference Between A Good Video Game and a Bad One

During my first 25 years playing video games I had no theory about what makes a video game good. I knew the good ones when I played them. I just felt it. » 7/09/12 9:30am 7/09/12 9:30am

Some More Ways Video Games are Like Porn (And Sex)

Yesterday, we ran a pullquote from independent game designer Eric Zimmerman in which he discussed some of the similarities video games have with porn. » 7/03/12 1:00pm 7/03/12 1:00pm

How Mainstream Video Games Are Like Porn

Video games are very popular. So is porn. If you ask game designer, Metagame co-creator and NYU Game Center founder Eric Zimmerman, they have some fundamental things in common. » 7/02/12 7:00pm 7/02/12 7:00pm

The New Best Way To Argue About Video Games [Now Back in Stock]

About a month ago, I wrote the following post about "The Metagame," a fun card game dedicated to fostering debate about video games. Right as I published it, however, the folks behind the game ran out of inventory. They've just gotten more printed, so I thought I'd re-post now that you can order your own deck. » 1/16/12 5:00pm 1/16/12 5:00pm

This Video Might Convince Your Doubtful Friends That Games Can Be Art

For a relaxing time, sit back and watch this terrific PBS short documentary on the artistic merits of video games. The video runs only about 7 minutes, and features NYU's Eric Zimmerman, game designer and researcher Jesper Juul, Kotaku contributor and secret nerdcore superstar Leigh Alexander, and Babycastles… » 10/26/11 9:30pm 10/26/11 9:30pm

East Coast Earthquake? QUICK! To Twitter!

An Earthquake hit Virginia today, and we felt tremors all up and down the east coast. Instead of seeking shelter or whatever you do when an earthquake hits, the games industry took to twitter to make jokes. Seems reasonable to us. » 8/23/11 3:30pm 8/23/11 3:30pm