Freeplay is in 10 days

If you haven’t heard, Freeplay is going to happen in Melbourne in about a week and half. It’s turning into a pretty significant event. Not only because of the stellar lineup of people. Not just because most major game conventions in Australia are slowly dying. But for me it’s the way the talks have been put together. Grab a bunch of people and take them out of their comfort zone. Then put an audience in front of them. What could go wrong.

Why am I mentioning this? Well I’m on a panel called “101 things I learnt in Game Design School”. The idea comes from this book, which is a personal favourite of mine (buy it, it’s really good). The way it’s working is that all the Freeplay speakers (there are about 600,000 of them) offer a thing they learnt. And then we panel about them. The last bit is a little hazy but Helen assures me that it’s under control.

Before my friends get out the pitchforks, it wasn’t my idea. I’m not a game designer. And I never went to a Game Design School. But I do run one (which might be the only reason I’m on the panel) and I hang around a lot of Design people so I’ve leached a lot of ideas though the years.

As prep I sat down to see if I could write out 101 things that I actually do know. I present them below as a way of throwing myself at the mercy of the court. If I’ve learnt anything it’s because people much smarter than I already figured it out and shared it with me. This talk is for them.

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Nearly over. Nearly home.

a Pollock via iPhone and Pollock via Pollock

Tomorrow is Saturday and it’s really my last day of holiday. Sunday I’m getting a tour of the TOKYO GEIJUTSU DAIGAKU new media department from my old processing buddy Saito. I get the plane home on Monday, touchdown Tuesday and stand up in fronts of the first class of the year on Wednesday. I’m already damn tired and I’ve got a backlog of 40GB and growing of photos and video to get through. I’m leaving the photos for the plane.

Just one thing though. Visually this country is exhausting, Tokyo specifically. I’m good with iconography and body language so I’ve had no problems getting places or talking to people, just no existential topics. But I can’t read the language so I’m constantly searching for english in any signage. And the sheer number of fonts is driving me insane. How do people stand it here? After a day walking around I’m happy for any small part of familiar grounding. It did make me smile when I thought I saw comic sans at DisneyLand.

Flamingos at the Hong Kong Zoo

It’s going to take a while to finish uploading all this stuff. As now I also have video. This was one of my favourite finds. The flamingos at the HK zoo

Of interesting note is that this video has white boarders. Sure it’s dead easy to upload and sure it’s dead easy to embed. But tweaking it sucks hard.

Update. White boarders are gone. Well spotted Mr Freakdesign. Well spotted.

Youtube video experiment

this is a test. lets see if it breaks everything.

things learnt from the test.

1. youtube doesn’t seam to work under IE 7.

2. youtube didn’t put a keyframe in the first frame. but that is probably my fault

3. the video is too wide for the site layout.

interesting. I’ll work on 2 and 3. number 1 isn’t my problem.

but if you want to view the test at youtube. go to this link

Back from Honkers

Back from Hong Kong. And about to go to work. I’ll be posting up the the photos over the next few days. And now that I’ve cleaned the study and have a clear head, I’ll be posting a bunch of stuff that I neglected while I was woking on DAH2. So sit back and relax. It’s time for 2007.

In Hong Kong (internet is back too)

Standin’ on the corneeeeeeeeer in Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnnnnng…
[untranscribable fantasy chinese:] mnja njung
My Baby was dooooooooooown in Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnnnnng
Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnng…ijajio magiau
Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnng…bimiau miagmiau
It’s bad to be alooooooooooonnnne…baumiaamibau-miaaa
In Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnnnnng!

WORRY! Worries ’bout you babyyyyyyyyyy!!!
You’ve been down too loooooooonnnnnng!
Worry ’bout you, babyyyyyyyyyyy!
You’ve been down too loooooooonnnnnng!

Hong Kooooonnnnnnnng…bling blang bung bling bing bla blu blub
Hong Kooooonnnnnnnng…babliblibliamunbladaiiii-jajung
It’s bad to be aloooooooooonnnne!

Habu dibu doba
Hong Koooonnnnnnnnng
Habu dibu dubu dabu da
Hong Kooonnnnnnnnnng

I abuja gjiaa
Siggi kameing
Mogu bipain
Hong Koooonnnnnnnnng!

Siggi kameing
Hong Koooonnnnnnnnng!

Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnng!
Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnng!!!

Hong Koooonnnnnnnnnng!

lyrics by Jalacy Hawkins (Screaming Jay Hawkins)

Japan 05 – The End

It’s over. I’m back home. We found out we would have to auction body parts to get all our stuff on the plane. So we had to post it all. Which means that over the next few weeks I get to relive my entire trip. And if it all gets lost in the mail then we will never speak of it again.


Japan 05 – Day TGS

The day after TGS. I came, I saw, I gave my talk. The industry here is really different from the west. E3 and TGS are a world apart. I paid a fortune to get into a meet and greet. I met the CEO of Capcom. I made him laugh and I got his business card. It’s a beautiful card.

We flaked out today and took it easy. I am totally stuffed. I’m going back tomorrow to watch the fans.


P.S. yeah I bought that camera from 2 posts ago. The pile of things to bring back home is huge. It is phat loot. It is pirate plunder from the orient.

Japan 05 – TGS -1 day

I’m in Tokyo. it’s cheaper here than Kyoto. And yet there is so much to buy. I’m damn tired. This holiday isn’t very relaxing. Going to Studio Ghibli today and then having dinner for my talk tomorrow. I’ll be a lot more relaxed when that’s over. Update soon. When I get a chance to breathe

Japan 05 – Day 05 (extra)

Oh yes. She will be mine.