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Wickedly cool video-game theory site

I just stumbled upon the extremely cool Ludology.org — named after the philosophy of play, and devoted to blogging about video-game theory.

Given that the vast majority of game criticism still hasn’t evolved beyond the precambrian five-stars-rating this-sucks-no-it-doesn’t mode, the blogger here (Gonzales Frasca, a game designer for the Cartoon Network) is doing an incredible service. It collects together the smartest game writing online: Everything from Henry Jenkin’s erudite ideas about narrative game design to a nutzoid British boycott of overly-expensive games (they have apparently declared Dec. 1 to 8 “Don’t Buy Videogames Week”).

This rocks.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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