Games more like reality, reality more like games

The London Games Festival is excelling itself. My elder son and I went to Sense of Play 07 today, a full days conference which covered some very interesting topics. David Hayward and Adam Russell spoke about AI and in particular about the “Uncanny Valley” idea. We can become quite attached to robots, provided they are…

Guy Debords Game of War

Guy Debord wrote his own game of war – a version of Kriegspiel (he claimed) played on a sort of chessboard. This was re-created yesteday as part of the London Games Festival fringe, Sadly, although I went to the exhibition, I didnt have time to stay and watch the game being played. Reading about it…

Struggling with code and making assumptions.

I read Cliffskis Mumblings regularly because Cliff is a good example of a solitary developer struggling against the giants like EA and Ubisoft, and successfully carving a niche for himself, by making games that people enjoy even if they dont have 2 million lines of code. However, I couldnt resist quoting his latest posting as…

Zerogamer: what are games and simulations really about?

Furtherfield are holding an exhibition, Zero Gamer, as part of the London Games Festival this week. I havent been yet, but the catalogue notes make a very succinct statement about the nature of simulation. According to Axel Stockburger, “there exist no neutral simulation systems and …. every virtual universe necessarily maintains sets of rules that…

4tb drives by 2011

According to the BBC, Hitachi claim they could release a hard disk with 4TB of storage and a laptop with a 1TB drive, by 2011. See their announcement in January of a 1TB drive, which can already be bought for £183.25. Ten of these could store the print collections of the U.S. Library of Congress,…

Simulation of crowd movements during the Haj

Having just come back from a short visit to Saudi Arabia, I was intrigued by a simulation of crowd movements in Mecca during the Haj, conducted with software from the Swiss company Savannah Simulations. There is a history of crowd control problems in Saudi Arabia, not just during the Haj but also at the opening…

“Neptune Warrior” – UK Military exercises

Thanks to Secret Bases for pointing out that the Royal Navy has just run another major exercise. Apparently the RN used to run 3 exercises of this sort each year, but from 2007 the number has been cut to two. According to a BBC report, Russian intelligence aircraft attempted to overlook the first exercise in…