Author Archives: Joe Tortuga

No Culture? Gameplay Aesthetes

May 1st, 2009 | Posted by Joe Tortuga in Link-out - (Comments Off on No Culture? Gameplay Aesthetes)

Sure, it’s about a board game, and a forgettable one at that, but Greg Costikyan makes a point that it’s important to know about the history behind even bad or un-interesting games: For what godforsaken reason are we featuring Twiggy Game today? To make a point: the danger of lack of culture. What do I …
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Anna Anthropy on Games

April 30th, 2009 | Posted by Joe Tortuga in Link-out - (3 Comments)

This will be the second time I’ve linked to something involving Anna Anthropy (a.k.a Aunti Pixelante), but I think she’s got a particularly different take on games and play than what we usually hear. I feel this (too short) interview highlights some of that: The videogame medium is being held hostage by a small group …
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What should games cost?

April 27th, 2009 | Posted by Joe Tortuga in Link-out - (3 Comments)

Recently, Amazon.com purchased one of the larger game portals, Reflexive Arcade.¬† As part of the integration, Amazon chose to lower the prices on all the casual arcade games to $9.99. ¬†This angered publishers , causing PopCap and others to pull their games from the portal. Jeff Tunnel (founder of Garage Games, and currently at Push …
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