How I Became Gaming's Most Popular and Anonymous Photographer

I'm a very accomplished photographer. My photos have been in magazines, newspapers, textbooks, blogs, online videos, television and any other medium that you can think of. My work has been seen by millions and will be one of the most important resources for the history of video games. The only catch is that I'm almost… » 11/01/13 7:50pm 11/01/13 7:50pm

I Am Stereoblind, But the 3DS Lets Me See the World as Others See It

I cried the first time I held a Nintendo 3DS. The experience was a revelation that I'll not soon forget, and even if everyone stopped making games for it tomorrow, my blue 3DS XL is not going anywhere. That little machine is a window into a part of human experience that most people take for granted, but which is… » 4/30/13 9:00am 4/30/13 9:00am

If Video Games Are Going to Grow Up, Then the Bullying Needs to Stop

Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more "dudebro" franchises out there, Gears of War. I'd also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers, and Epic's artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that… » 3/12/13 4:00pm 3/12/13 4:00pm

I Helped Create The Xbox, But Now It's Painful To Watch

I was a founder of the original Xbox project at Microsoft and gave it its name. Almost 14 years after the painful, pointless, and idiotic internal cage-match to get it started and funded, the hard selling of a compelling and lucrative living-room product to Bill (and then Steve as he began to take over), a product that … » 2/13/13 9:00pm 2/13/13 9:00pm

This Scottish Far Cry 3 Video Review Is The Funniest Thing Ever (If…

I am in tears. I'm shedding actual tears here. Actual tears of laughter. Bear in mind that I'm Scottish and this is how I speak when I go home and I don't have to worry about people understanding what I say. Underneath this genuinely incisive review is some of the best Scottish patter I've heard in years. I'm pissing… » 2/13/13 2:00am 2/13/13 2:00am

This Cool Image Explains The Weird Noises Your Dial-Up Modem Used To…

It's like a dog whistle. It's emblazoned on my brain. You all know what I'm talking about. Unless you're way too young and you're intent on making me feel way too old. I'm talking, of course, about the noises your dial-up modem made when hooking up to the internet back when the internet was this terrifying thing we… » 2/05/13 3:00am 2/05/13 3:00am

I Took A Month Off Work And I Didn’t Play Any Video Games

Plenty of my friends have had babies, so I knew what to expect. The woman goes into labour. There is the physical pain. You rub the back and say ‘there there'. You watch the little lump of flesh flop out like a wriggling trout. You shed the tears, you kiss the baby on the forehead. You take the photographs, you take… » 1/31/13 2:00am 1/31/13 2:00am

A Manga Starring a Guy Obsessed With Donating Blood

The competitive world of digital comics is about to get a lot bloodier. On January 23, at the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan press conference, the usually somber Mamoru Oshii spoke about his latest creation, Chimamire Mai Love » 1/24/13 4:00am 1/24/13 4:00am (My Soaked In Blood Love or Blood-Stained Mai Love), which is a black comedy about a…

A Game Developer's Take on Japan: the Myths and the Reality

One well-received and much commented-on blog post I wrote many years ago covered the "stages of living in Japan". These are the 5 stages I have witnessed, again and again, in myself and in others, and though your mileage may of course vary, they seem pretty spot on. I daresay they could be applied to living in any… » 1/12/13 2:00am 1/12/13 2:00am

How Sony Is Turning into a Ghost in Japan and Around the World

For some people in Japan, Sony is already dead. The only question they have is how did Sony die, or who killed it, and how long will the spectre of Sony remain haunting Japan. It's a pessimistic view of the company but it's one reality in this island country.


Mr. and Mrs. Nakayama have run a home appliance and… » 11/14/12 4:00am 11/14/12 4:00am