The challenge of being in tech when you’re over 40 is the challenge of constantly setting aside your expectations of how things should work, repeatedly questioning your assumptions, and constantly re-evaluating your positions. It’s the challenge of being a lifelong learner; cultivating the humility of the beginner, the passion of the practitioner, and the joy of the master. It is the challenge of not being so quick to apply old analysis, rely on outdated experience, or expect what worked before to work again.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Seb is going to be closing out the Brighton Digital Festival with a bang.
Seb unravels all the geeky details about how your favourite retro gadgets work, including Nintendo light guns, Casio keyboards and the cathode ray tube televisions that once dominated our living rooms.
It’s going to be like Seb: The Musical …with lasers.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game. On the face of it, it seems like little more than a cow-clicker, but the way that the plot and the gameplay unfolds is really delightful.
This feels like the kind of game that would only work on the web—keep it in a browser tab in the background, revisiting occasionally throughout the day.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Monday, April 4th, 2016
The text adventure, like poetry, tends to attract a small band of devoted fans rather than hundreds of millions of casual players. And yet, those who care about writing know that they are where the form starts; and I can’t help feeling that videogames in general would be better if they took as much care over their words, and over their narratives, as text adventures do.
Monday, March 21st, 2016
An immortal deer wanders the world of Grand Theft Auto for all eternity. It’s remarkably calm and relaxing.
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
A really nicely put together sci-fi short film.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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Today was a very lazy day. I suppose that’s okay—it is a Sunday after all. But I do feel guilty. I had planned to get some writing done. At the very least I could have made the most of the beautiful weather and gone for an invigorating constitutional perambulation. Instead I stayed in, playing the occasional tune on the bouzouki, but mostly playing a computer game: Portal 2. I know it’s ancient in the dog years of gaming, but as the most casual of casual gamers, I get to reap the rewards of good games long after their prime.
Monday, April 6th, 2015
Pacman meets Pong meets Space Invaders.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Over 700 screenshots of ZX Spectrum games, captured by Jason Scott. Some of these bring back memories.
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Such a classic game, well worth playing again.
Friday, December 27th, 2013
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Now this is what I call research:
Through the use of my knowledge of computer magazines, my sharp eyes, and other technical knowledge, I have overcome the limited amount of information available in the video content of WarGames and with complete certainty identified the exact name and issue number of the magazine read on screen by David L. Lightman in WarGames.
Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Look at the streets of Brighton for some games to play while you’re in town for dConstruct.
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
The story behind the classic arcade game Missile Command and the toll it took on its creator:
Theurer’s constant strides for perfection left him working his body to the point that Missile Command’s premise started to manifest itself in his subconscious, sneaking into his dreams and turning them to nightmares.
There was something about the sound of those explosions, the feeling of the trackball in your hand, and the realisation that no matter how well you played, you could only delay the inevitable.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Friday, January 4th, 2013
Ostensibly about gaming (and written by Matt Colville who works in the games industry), this blog actually has a lot of interesting observations on sci-fi cinema. I like it.
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
The best review of The Hobbit.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
This might well be the best thing Wired has ever published. I wish every article were in this format.