Mata Haggis's Blog
I am the Professor of Entertainment and Creative Games at NHTV University in the Netherlands. I mix practical knoweldge from over a decade of games development with academic training.
Before I started lecturiing, I was a games and narrative designer with experience of AAA games dev, indie projects, and animation for the web and television. I still consult in this area to keep my teaching connected with the games industry, and I recently released Fragments of Him on PC and consoles in collabroation with Sassybot.
I also paint and occasionaly juggle things (which may or may not be on fire at the time). I'm very bad at the guitar.
New research is underway into the relationship between games, developers, academics, and wider society. The first result might not be very surprising: games developers don't research papers. If you did find that surprising, you are probably a researcher.
The final GaymerX conference happened in San Francisco this weekend. This post reflects on the successes of the event and its diversity agenda. The post also looks at why this was the last 'GaymerX' and where the organisers will take this in the future.
Why is it that games that address issues of diversity are often described as having an 'agenda', regardless of content, when mainstream titles are not given this label? Inspired by the recent Different Games conference, this post discusses this phenomena.
With a time limit of three days, an emotional narrative, multiple in-game locations, and issues of sexuality, it was going to be a challenge controlling the scope of the Fragments of Him prototype. This post describes how we did it, and what we learnt.
What happens when a game that is intended to be satire doesn't get interpreted that way, and what does this tell us about the games industry? A look at gender representation and satire in Far Cry 3, with a take-away for the wider industry.
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I liked the article, but ...
I liked the article, but the conclusions take a couple of leaps beyond the earlier arguments. The MDA model is appropriate for analysis and understanding, but it doesn 't necessarily provide new avenues for designers to think outside of existing paradigms. In my understanding of the model, it is a ...
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You 're welcome It was ...
You 're welcome It was great to feel that we were at the tip of an iceberg this weekend - there are a lot of people around the world who couldn 't attend, but whose wishes are behind the GaymerX event.
[News - 06/18/2014 - 10:32]
Aww That 's a lovely ...
Aww That 's a lovely story. There 's a lot to be said for making a determined effort to finish a project... And a lot to be said for understanding scope too I look forward to the sequel in 2027 :