Neal Stephenson's Kickstarter Game Is Dead

Two years ago, beloved science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson launched a crowdfunding campaign to start making a realistic swordfighting game. The Clang Kickstarter notched more than $500,000 towards that end. But a game never materialized and, as announced today, people who backed Clang are starting to get their… » 9/18/14 5:01pm 9/18/14 5:01pm

Neal Stephenson Says His Dream of Making a Video Game Isn’t Dead

People are mad at Neal Stephenson. So mad that there’s talk of launching a class-action lawsuit against one of the greatest living science-fiction authors. » 9/27/13 5:30pm 9/27/13 5:30pm

Sci-Fi Author's Sword-Fighting Game Hits its Fund Raising Goal

Coming into the final two days of its fund raiser, CLANG, the arena sword-fighting concept proposed by renowned science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson, was short about $50,000 of its total $500,000 goal. Overnight it made up that difference and then some, standing at about $504,000 (from more than 8,000 contributors)… » 7/08/12 1:00pm 7/08/12 1:00pm

A Hell of a Cameo Helps Neal Stephenson Pitch His Sword-Fighting Video…

A flood of video game projects on Kickstarter over the past four months has made it extremely difficult to rise out of the crowd or portray one's concept as particularly unique or worth funding. But Neal Stephenson, the eminent science-fiction writer, has hauled off and done something next-level with this pitch video. » 6/10/12 11:00am 6/10/12 11:00am

The Best Quotes of GDC Online (and Things I Noticed While I Was There)

Last week, I attended the Game Developers' Conference Online in Austin. I was there to give a talk about game storytelling, but I stayed for the entire event, and caught a good number of talks, workshops, and keynotes. On Monday, Gamasutra (who helps put on GDC each year) ran a fun collection of quotes from the event,… » 10/19/11 10:00pm 10/19/11 10:00pm

Neal Stephenson Imagined Snow Crash, But Not Gold Farming

Gold famring boggles the brightest of minds, as Neal Stephenson discusses the inspiration for his novel Reamde during his GDC Online 2011 keynote speech. » 10/12/11 5:40pm 10/12/11 5:40pm

Neal Stephenson Plays Halo 3 on Legendary to Avoid Getting Fat

Science fiction author Neal Stephenson plays Halo on its hardest difficulty setting, Legendary, while using an elliptical exercise machine, the writer of Snow Crash told an audience in Austin today. » 10/11/11 2:00pm 10/11/11 2:00pm