A Novel About the Time All the Space Invaders Machines Went Away

If you remember the heyday of giant arcade halls filled with stand-up coin-op machines, then you’ll also remember that one day they seemingly all disappeared. What was it like to live through that bygone era? The Final Day at Westfield Arcade—a new novel by Andy Hunt—explores what it felt like to have a digital… » 8/13/13 4:00pm 8/13/13 4:00pm

The New Novel by One of the Guys Behind Dishonored Is Dark, But Not…

Harvey Smith—who you probably know as a chief architect of Deus Ex and of last year’s hit stealth/action hybrid Dishonored—has made games about secret alien UFO labs and supernatural steampunk assassins. So you might expect a novel from the co-founder of Arkane Studios to be heavy with genre trappings and filled with… » 4/10/13 4:00pm 4/10/13 4:00pm

Speaking of Loot: the Ancient Roots

Yesterday, we mentioned the fact that game designers often walk a fine line when figuring out how best to dangle a nice, looty carrot in front of their audience » 9/14/08 1:30pm 9/14/08 1:30pm; somewhat on the same subject (loot!), Roger Travis goes back to the and even further to illustrate some ancient roots of the same thing we see in modern…