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

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 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 curator… » 10/26/11 9:30pm 10/26/11 9:30pm