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Zombies, Run! part two (Season six spoilers so beware)

Right after I finished writing that last piece on Zombies, Run I went for a walk. As I did, I reflexively checked the app to see if there were any new episodes. And there were. Two new episodes. The hiatus was over. I was pretty happy about that. Since then, all remaining missions for season six […]

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Zombies, Run!

I have loved Zombies, Run! almost as I have never loved any other piece of storytelling. And it’s the most immersive experience I’ve ever had with a story. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but sometimes it’s felt like it’s come quite close. I’ve given myself away already by describing Zombies, Run as a story. […]

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Hello, it’s been a long time

I’ve been away from this blog for a long time –> two and a half years. (Not-so) coincidentally, that is also the amount of time I’ve been writing for IBM Watson. It’s been a very consuming job. But this year I’ve been playing Zombies, Run! and (mostly) loving it and I’ve recently had some time […]

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Games That Make You Read: 80 Days and Fallen London

80 Days was one of the big games of 2014. Both games and mainstream media loved it and many games makers and writers whose opinions I respect, such as Emily Short, Anna Anthropy and Simon Parkin, included it amongst their favourite games of the year. Over the past month I’ve played it three times and […]

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Writing video games – Jeffrey Yohalem at the Brisbane Writers Festival

Jeffrey Yohalem is a video game writer and designer. He works for Ubisoft Montreal, which is one of the big (AAA) game studios. A couple of weeks ago, during the Brisbane Writers Festival, Yohalem gave a talk at the State Library about writing video games. He divided his talk into two parts. In the first […]

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Story+ 2014

A couple of weeks ago, the Brisbane Writers Festival held its second Story+ conference. Story+ was created to look at the intersection of narrative, design and technology. The inaugural Story+ last year was a one day event, but this year it took place over two days: Thursday 4 September and Friday 5 September. Day one […]

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Games That Make You Read: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

“Badly written and annoying” were the notes I wrote to myself when I began playing Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The game was originally created in Japan in 2001 and is the first in the series of Ace Attorney visual novels. Phoenix Wright is a just-graduated defence attorney and even though he is somewhat naive and […]

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I think we need to talk about the word “digital”

On Saturday, I was at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and attended a session called New Worlds: Digital Storytelling. This session threw together (almost literally) Cornelia Funke, an author using digital technology as a way to further expand her story world, Inua Ellams, a poet using Twitter as a medium and Kavita Bedford and Connor Tomas […]

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Haunting Melissa

Last weekend, I finally finished watching Haunting Melissa. I say “finally”, because I’d been watching it since last November. And it’s only 11 episodes long. Haunting Melissa is an iOS app. It’s not exactly a TV show and not exactly a film, but something in between. It’s about a girl, Melissa, who is haunted by […]

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Where games and movies cross over: Beyond: Two Souls

I’ve now played Beyond: Two Souls. It’s the story of Jodie Holmes (Ellen Page), a young woman who has an unbreakable connection with an “entity”. The entity is an unpredictable being with no corporeal form. His name is Aiden (pronounced Eiden) and he and Jodie share a mental link. He behaves a bit like a […]

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