Lots of things to announce happened in the past 24 hours.
A history of mobile games is funded!
A history of mobile games has hit its funding goal with time to spare! I’m absolutely over the moon. Everybody has been so generous, not just with their contributions but with their vocal support for my work. Writing about mobile games before their heyday is a strange idea — people always want to hear about golden ages and great successes, and this certainly runs counter to that. It’s been gratifying to hear people say on Twitter that they trust me as a writer and just want to see what I’m going to do with the topic. I honestly feel like one of the luckiest games writers in the world right now. Thank you so much.
There’s still over a day left to get on board, and every extra bit of funding will help me to offset the costs of doing a PhD. Those costs include things like travelling between the UK and the US, taking time away from paid work to focus on studying, and collecting material resources such as the old hardware that I’m going to study.
I joined the Silverstring Media advisory board
This one is also really exciting for me. I’m going to be advising one of the most interesting companies in gaming on their future projects. Silverstring’s approach to game design and business practice fills me with hope and enthusiasm. Nobody else is thinking about play, aesthetics and storytelling in the same way that they do, and I’m absolutely honoured that I get to play any role in their work.
We are thrilled to announce that Zoya has agreed to step onto our board of advisors. Effective immediately, Zoya will be offering Silverstring his immense academic expertise on games history, design history, and material culture studies. Additionally, we also expect Zoya’s experience as a journalist covering free-to-play games, and his industry savvy as an analyst of changing business models will also prove invaluable.
Storybundle games 4.0 launched
Delay: paying attention to energy mechanics is part of a new games-related Storybundle, alongside some of the best writing in games, including Five out of Ten Magazine, two of the Boss Fight books, and a book that has been on my wish list for many months, Gamers at Work.
The Video Game Bundle 4.0 is our most enticing video game bundle yet, featuring more than $50 worth of books, magazine and albums. This collection is curated by industry veteran Simon Carless and features seven books, six magazine issues and two full-length albums. We’re also proud to feature the gaming non-profit SpecialEffect as a cause you can donate to when you purchase a bundle. As always, all our books and music come DRM-free. Read more.