Design by Aggregation

In the Sumba Islands, there is a particular tribe of Indonesians, who weave a particular type of traditional cloth, called ikat. These are intricate, elaborately patterned tapestries, the most complex of which are handed down as heirlooms for generations. The process to create them is a convoluted one, in that it involves more than one person.

If You Can't Join 'Em, Beat 'Em

Since posting my original three-part series on The Retail Game, I have received voluminous correspondence in formats digital from people who were left with no shortage of comments and questions.

Simple Things

As a child I kept a small collection of found treasures in an old cigar box. It was an odd assortment, made up of such things as bottlecaps, a fake diamond ring, polished agates, a broken watch, a shark's tooth, a dog whistle, a Chinese coin, and a fossilized trilobite.


"Every exit is an entry somewhere else." Tom Stoppard Portable gaming is an odd thing. On the one hand, the technology has come so far that the PSP will play nearly-ported titles of your favorite shooter or RPG with relative ease and minimal loss in graphics, gameplay, or content. You can play WiFi deathmatch to your heart's content.

May 29th - June 2nd

Memorial Day probably means a relaxing day away from the grinds of work and responsibility to be spent drinking too much cheap beer and inflicting fire and lighter fluid to any number of unsuspecting hot dogs. Perhaps you will find yourself called to the cool darkness of a local movie theater. Perhaps you will simply lounge away the day in the company of close friends and family.

The Duke is Dead

Listen, I know it hurts, but we need to face it. Yes, I enjoyed the slaughter of Imps as much as the next guy. I, too was ecstatic after the first-won deathmatch. Believed that running some guy over with a tank would never get old. I was wrong and it's time to admit it. Game violence is dead.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends

Here there be dragons!

Secret DaVinci Code Game Preview

We've got an exciting Gaming Report this week, I managed to get behind closed doors with a top-secret new project at E3 that's going to revolutionize the way games tell stories. You may have heard of the DaVinci Code Game, the action/adventure title that is out now on the PC and the various consoles.
Currently circulating in Harper's Weekly is a sexy, two-page Mercedes Benz ad; maybe you've seen it? The first page is a bold photograph, the car equivalent of a woman's thigh playing peek-a-boo behind a dress slit: a gleaming tire; a sleek, ebony hood; and a tiny Benz logo, erect like a metal nipple.

May 22nd - 27th

I suppose I could have given the nod on this week's Game of the Week to Rockstar's belated April Fools joke, Table Tennis, but, short of Rockstar Games Presents Chutes and Ladders I can't think of a stranger title to come out of that particular developer.