Play in Process: Why ‘Curiosity’ is the iPhone’s New False Religion

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Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.Last week, the free-to-download Curiosity debuted on the Apple app store, instantly becoming so popular that it starting falling apart. So many people were attempting to log in and play the game that it became nearly impossible to access the game at all, and if one did, the game wasn't working correctly. It took Peter Molyneux and his team a few days to catch up with demand, and even now there is … [Read more...]

Play in Process: Tokyo Jungle is the Ultimate Game About the Rapture

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Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.There are very few games in existence that are centered around the Rapture. Of those games, I know of exactly zero that are any good. There’s a reason for that: the rapture is a relatively binary event. People are here, then people are not here. End of rapture. That's no fun.The fallout that comes after the rapture, that’s the interesting part. The Left Behind games dealt with this period, but the … [Read more...]

Play in Process: If Games Can Kill

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Those who play videogames are used to defending their hobby of choice, but maybe it’s time to take a step back and get honest about its dangers.The question of how long is too long to play videogames has been discussed by many with a kind of flippant subjectivity. As long as we’re taking care of our responsibilities, as long as we have a life, as long as we don’t ignore our family, as long as we don’t turn out like one of those kids in Taiwan who dies while playing, we’re just having fun. … [Read more...]

Play in Process: A Facebook Game about Jesus Made Me Look Like a Silly Christian

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.I spent a good amount of time recently playing Journey of Jesus: The Calling, a Facebook game that is similar to Farmville in a host of key ways, but unique in that it involves an ongoing narrative in which the main character follows Jesus around through several biblical locations. It is an underwhelming game, at least when it comes to what you might expect from the story of Jesus' life.Because I wa … [Read more...]

Play in Process: Is Ms. Splosion Man Sexist?

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.Ms. Splosion Man is a silly game - no one would argue otherwise. It stars a personified explosive substance, and in this case, that personification wears a bow. She likes shoes, shallow pop songs, and thinks everyone and everything is "cute". She is, without being an actual woman, the stereotypical woman, for better or for worse.According to Joshua Wise Michael Elliot at The Cross and The Controller, … [Read more...]

Play in Process: This Tiny Tower of Mine

Some games you really love, and you can articulate exactly why. Other games grab hold of you and simply will not let go - and at the end of the day, you don't really know whether you could articulate why you love it so much.Tiny Tower, a free game for the iPhone and iPad, is that type of game. There's not much to it - you build new floors on your towers, you make them into various businesses, services, or apartment buildings, and then you restock them with offerings so that you can make money. … [Read more...]

Play in Process: Kinect and Self Image

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.Recently I've been writing and thinking a lot about how games have the unique ability to emphasize where we fall short as human beings. I consider this a major strength - a tendency away from blind and misleading sentimentality is something to appreciate.Kinect has that ability, too... but maybe not in a good way. I'm still a little bit on the fence on this one, but a lot of what I'm experiencing th … [Read more...]

Play in Process: 1000 Heroz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qKPaYo6yJQEach week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.Recently, the people who brought you Trials released an app for the iPhone and iPad called 1000 Heroz. The game mechanic is much like their previous games: drive across a side-scrolling level, avoiding physics based obstacles and using momentum to get the best possible time. Instead of driving vehicles, you play as various people, running full speed and able o … [Read more...]

Play in Process: The Art of Betrayal in Shadows Over Camelot

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.It's not so pleasant being accused. My face starts to feel hot, I start laughing inexplicably, I stammer and stutter over my words. Worst of all, I have to make the following case: I'm not a traitor, I'm just stupid. This is the inevitable price of making a mistake in Shadows Over Camelot.Shadows Over Camelot is a lot like Pandemic, in that it's a board game where the players work together to save the … [Read more...]

Play in Process: Frozen Synapse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5fofqIisik&feature=relatedEach week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it matters.News flash: there are some games that I am really, really bad at. I know it's hard to believe, but I'm not always totally dominating the leaderboards of every game I play like I do for Rat on a Skateboard. Some games are a real struggle. And sometimes the reasons for that are just a little too obvious.Frozen Synapse (PC/Mac) is one such g … [Read more...]


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