One (More) Chance

One Chance, a game by LemmiBeansEarlier, I wrote a post about Alex Fleetwood discussing death in games and the effect Jason Rohrer’s Passage had on him. It reminded me of another indie game I wrote about that seeks to make us think a little deeper about death. The original story appeared on the now defunct I’ve reproduced it below for posterity. Read more

Alex Fleetwood on the Passage

Passage, a game by Jason RohrerThe price of death in games is a carefree affair. Pressing the reset button eradicates accidents and fatal injuries that would be permanent in the real world, which makes virtual death nothing to fear.

During my visit to the Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living, Alex Fleetwood, director of Hide & Seek, talked about why he finds off-kilter indie game Passage so enthralling. Continue reading

Death Fest on the Southbank

Day of the Dead skulls by Nick ThompsonThree thousand years on from our ancient ancestors, we’re still no better than they were when it comes to death. The one thing we all have in common continues to enthral and terrify, mystify and sadden. This weekend, the Southbank Centre held a Festival for the Living, an unorthodox menu of talks, performances and entertainment all about life’s ultimate destination. Continue reading

The Photographer and his Muse

Aneurin Barnard and Karen Gillan as David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton in We'll Take Manhattan (BBC4)The unending appeal of fashion magazines worldwide is primarily down to the fact they are sold on two essential features: pictures and people. Prompted by the likes of Life magazine, Vogue became a major driver in our consumption of pictorial periodicals. At the heart of this transition were David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton, a photographer and model paired together for what became a revolutionary shot in New York, 1962.

We’ll Take Manhattan, a BBC Four drama, is the story of that shoot and the intimacy between Bailey and his sweetheart on-camera and off. Continue reading

Computers in court

Tandy 102 Portable Computer (1986)Technology and court have never got on. More than 140 years after the invention of the typewriter, and even ahead of broadcast, tweeting has been approved as a method for journalists reporting on UK court cases. This is a phenomenal step for a courts system that is so cautious of the media and technology disrupting justice that it’s any wonder journalists are even allowed ballpoint pens. Continue reading

You don’t need a degree in marketing to make better Goldsmiths 2012 ads

Goldsmiths’ marketing and branding department needs to be congratulated for making their latest advertising campaign so spectacularly bad it’s funny.

From September 2011, you could find the advert below for Goldsmiths’ 2012 intake on trains travelling on the east London line:

Goldsmiths 2012 - I study at Continue reading