"Even the most entertaining of these games, like Warren Spector’s Deus Ex (1999), contains a cliched storyline that would make a B-movie writer blush, and characters so wooden that they make The Flintstones look like Strindberg."

~ Espen Aarseth - Genre Trouble: Narrativism and the Art of Simulation

13 July 2011 ·

Things you didn't know had names.

Ever wonder what the groove located below the nose and above the middle lips is called? Or what about the opposite side of the hammer’s striking side? Find out here.

4 June 2011 ·

Game Pitches & Design documents

This site contains a bunch of game pitches and design documents. Its a great ressource to get inspiration from! 


2 June 2011 ·

The most fantastic game review in a long time

THIS is how game reviews should be done!


1 June 2011 ·

Who played Max Payne?

I was in the shower this morning (it’s where i do my best thinking) and suddenly a thought struck me. Who was that actor who played Max Payne again?

I quickly realized that Max Payne wasn’t an actor, it was a 2D/3D model, and a voice - not a real person.

Now that i think of it, i guess a success criteria for any game designer/writer should be to have their characters remembered as a real person, or a real actor. That would be a mark of success.

(and yes i am completely ignoring Mark Wahlberg right now…. as should you)

21 May 2011 ·

Noir NOT Noire

I have been playing L.A. Noire all day. First let me get my first annoyance with the game off my shoulders.

There is no such thing as a Noire genre. Dear Rockstar, it is called Noir…. Noir…. Noir. NOT NoirE!

Okay with that out of the way, here are my initial impressions of the game.

  1. The controls are sometimes really annoying in the investigation scenes. It just feels flaky and random sometimes when you know there’s a clue, but you have to move and point the camera just right….even though the controller is vibrating like mad telling you that you are standing right on top of the clue.
  2. I already figured out who (one) of the main antagonists (murderers) are. This might be because i have seen so many crime shows or it might just be bad planning on the side of the writers. The problem is now that I, the player, know who the murderer is. Which makes me less motivated, and kindda annoyed when the game forces me to jail and gaschamber other people for murders they (clearly) did not do.

That was the bad parts….. now for the awesomeness that is L.A. Noir(e).

Even though i have not played the game to the end yet, this game has totally gripped me and i have already deemed it one of the best games i have played in a very very long time. The style, the setting, the acting, the action - it all leads to an amazing experience. When the game started i felt that it was a bit light in the “noir” feeling, but after having played it for 10 hours straight i can tell you that it gets worse (better). I took myself beginning to look over my shoulder to check that no one was standing behind me (to stab me) in my living room, and as the murders in the game get more and more bloody, i started feeling more and more paranoia and disgust. The fact that the game can also be switched into a pure noir look by changing it to black and white adds to the flavor of the setting. I did however switch back to color after a while - murder scenes just aren’t as nasty in black and white.

I will write more about this game (since i am using it as a main game in my Master Thesis) - but i just wanted to jot down some impressions about it here. 

More will come later….

20 May 2011 ·

Facebook Acquires Fb.com, Set to Launch E-mail Service


It has been revealed that Facebook has acquired the Fb.com domain. This news comes just days before its special event, where it is set to reveal an overhauled version of Messages that works like e-mail…

(Source: ohlsen)

13 November 2010 ·

A.I. is so hard to do. I really loved this game until a point where i didn’t have anymore ammo, couldn’t go back to get some, and the enemies could spot me through cover….

13 November 2010 ·

If Star Wars ran on Windows.

9 November 2010 ·

"Pink or blue? Which is intended for boys and which for girls? This question comes from one of our readers this month, and the discussion may be of interest to others. There has been a great diversity of opinion on this subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boy and blue for the girl. The reason is that pink being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy; while blue, which is more delicate and dainty is prettier for the girl."

~ The Infants’ Department: A Monthly Magazine of Merchandising Helps for the Infants’ Wear Buyer (vol. 1, no. 10, June 1918, p.161)

1 November 2010 ·

The Beach where I live.

The Beach where I live.

30 October 2010 ·

Currently training my daughter to do this several times per day…..

30 October 2010 ·

"He is able who thinks he is able"

~ Buddha

29 October 2010 ·

Dessert and product placement all in one

Dessert and product placement all in one

29 October 2010 ·

After I’ve started studying video game spaces I’ve found renewed interest in architecture. So today I just noticed this place which I actually walk through every day. Pretty cool I think :-)

After I’ve started studying video game spaces I’ve found renewed interest in architecture. So today I just noticed this place which I actually walk through every day. Pretty cool I think :-)

5 October 2010 ·

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