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Gamer turned student of game criticism trying to turn game designer. My blog, Possibility Space, is all about exploring the unique opportunities games can allow us as a medium, with the occasional spritz of news and industry analysis. Come and see what games can do for us.

 

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Posted by Alan Arias on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 06:25:00 EDT in Design, Serious
On the heels of G4C, thoughts and concerns on the power of gaming as both a medium and high-tech industry to unite communities and mitigate the less favorable effects of capitalism.


Posted by Alan Arias on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 06:36:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Serious
This post reports on the entrance of commercial designers into the conversation on the last day of Games For Change, where they challenged assumptions about the space and asked hard questions of the medium as a whole.


Posted by Alan Arias on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 06:32:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Serious, Indie
The first of a two part posting explores the 8th annual Games For Change Festival as it tackles game development as a craft, expands the effort into transmedia, and engages the public sector.



Alan Arias's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 10/30/2011 - 10:04]

I like the idea of ...

I like the idea of the denouncement, although I might change the name to something a little more marketable, like a demotion or some variety of fail from forgivable to epic . If we are going to define a game, ala Jane McGonigal, as a system of unnecessary goals into ...

Comment In: [News - 10/30/2011 - 12:26]

I want to riff off ...

I want to riff off a point that Joe Cooper alluded to above, namely, how is a game production studio to judge the capabilities and talents of a potential designer without a body of work to use as evidence Similarly, without that work, how can the game designer know his ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/16/2011 - 02:47]

Hey William, this is a ...

Hey William, this is a very interesting proposition you make, but is it a purely comparative, chronological approach that you are using If so, I think what you have showed so far is a correlation in style and characterization, but not necessarily causation. Perhaps you could dig into the biographies ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/25/2011 - 01:03]

Hey Andrew, After reading your ...

Hey Andrew, After reading your post, I have to say that it seems part of a larger trend across all sectors of the game industry. I see developers in various disciplines crying out against what seem be increasingly crunched, cut throat, and dehumanizing conditions that stifle creativity and encourage burn ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/29/2011 - 06:25]

Hey Jeffrey, I'm happy to ...

Hey Jeffrey, I'm happy to see that you feel so--strongly--about this post. I'll try to respond to your points one by one. Regarding the first, I think I am clear in specifying Capitalism in America, in order to try and avoid speaking about generalities of theory and focus on some ...

Comment In: [News - 05/04/2011 - 05:02]

Hey Adam, thank you for ...

Hey Adam, thank you for the insight and resources I will be sure to keep it all in mind during the search.