Producer of Ludiphilia, Content Editor at Archive.vg, & freelance writer specialised in features. Also covers science, tech, games, innovation in shorter forms. Email: rich.c.moss at gmail
At Wimbledon every year, the world’s elite tennis players compete knowing they can appeal to God if a human line caller gets something wrong. That God’s name is Hawk-Eye, and it makes decisions...
Whereas SimCity and Cities: Skylines try to mimic the form and function of sprawling cities—their complexity emerging from the breadth of the simulation—Block'hood is content to hone in on the minutiae of a single city block.
How brothers Rand and Robyn Miller built worlds from a manhole.
I love SimCity. It's a wonderful simulation of the urban machinery around us, and a playground for messing with our cities. But it turns out the original game, at least, doesn't actually work the way it seems.
We reached out to several developers for their input on more recent games making innovative and instructive uses of AI....
In the right game — Diablo, Rogue, Spelunky, Daggerfall, Elite, Spore, even the likes of Football Manager — procedurally-generated content is magical....
The Witness PC Review | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
I like to tell people that the brilliance of SimCity 2000’s art style rested on the fact that it was not isometric but rather used a technique called dimetric projection. In simple terms, that means the tiles were the same length in all directions horizontally, but they followed a different, flatter scale vertically. It created an iconic angular look and, functionally speaking, it was huge too.
Sometimes we don't realise that we need saving. Sometimes it's fun to pretend we do. For one woman, pretending made all the difference. This is the story of how one middle-aged woman relearned to play while residing in Second Life, and of the Search and Rescue operation she was enlisted into to help save fellow avatars (who don't actually need saving).
A devoted wrestling fan hacks and modifies an old Nintendo 64 game called WWF No Mercy to help deal with the pain of his shattered dream, and gets more out of it than he'd bargained for.
The successful game developers who still feel like they're faking it.
I spoke to several developers from around Africa about the state of development in the region and the challenges they've been facing in forming local game industries in their own countries and across the whole continent.
Imagine for a moment if we could build a complete wiring diagram of a human brain – to map in detail every one of the hundred trillion or so synapses and roughly hundred billion neurons together with all the tiniest supporting mechanisms. What might that mean, and would it even be possible?
Cities are everywhere. Billions of us live in them, and many of us think we could do a better job than the planners. But for the past 26 years dating back to the original SimCity, we've mostly been proving that idea false.
The new horror game from the first time developer Lilith Ltd. is the first to be designed from the ground up for VR. They impart what they've learned about designing horror for HMDs.