What Does It Mean When Video Games Are 'Fun'?

If you have a spare 30 minutes and feel like thinking about video games for a while, you could do a lot worse than this interesting talk by Ian Bogost. The word ‘fun’ is as common and dead as any word we use to describe video games. What do we mean when we use that word, and would we be better served by eliminating that word completely? Very interesting questions.

Featuring Music From Kimbra And Vivaldi

The newly introduced “The Haven” stage for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved demonstrates just how little music has evolved over the past 272 years. The dangers of being one of the world’s most popular Baroque composers, il Prete Rosso.

Where Do These 48 Video Game Fonts Come From?

Typography plays an incredibly important role in establishing video game brands, to the point where a single letter torn from a title can evoke an entire franchise. Paul Brown, creator of the free Font Quiz app (available on iOS and Windows 8) assembled 48 of gaming’s finest in font form, suggesting such an arrangement be an excellent use of our spiffy image annotation system. What a clever man.

Heart Of The Swarm Intro Remake Has The Cuddliest Zerg Ever

After crafting a whole season of short, funny StarCraft cartoons, CarBotAnimations presents a spectacular special episode, remaking the entire cinematic intro of Heart of the Swarm.

The Most Hilarious Sports Game Glitches, Now In Motion

The constant progression of annual sport titles has another advantage besides the games getting more and more realistic every year. It creates moments where the players go nuts — suddenly, our ordinary game turns itself into Dragon Ball Z or Super Smash TV. We selected below a few of these from the last few years’ FIFA, NHL and NBA titles.

Teens Step Up To Launch Portal 2's Space Core

Last week, my misidentification of a laser engraving on a space part suggested the wrong personality core from Portal 2 was symbolically being flown to space (a fate echoing the game’s story.) A team of 18 teenagers from Nevada stepped in to restore order, and properly send the Space Core — or, well, a plushy version of him, anyway — to near space.

Do Video Games Need To Be Fun?

Roughly a week ago, I wrote a piece called I Like Games, which discussed my preference for games with set mechanics, games that are fundamentally fun. Some people agreed, some didn’t, but it seemed like a topic worth exploring, so I gathered up a group of the best Australian academics writing about video games to ask them a simple question: do video games need to be fun?

Hide From Big Brother's Roaming Eye With Pixelhead

You can’t take two steps in the world these days without having your image captured. Everywhere you turn there are people with mobile phone cameras, traffic cameras, Google Street View vehicles. How can we remain anonymous in this digital age? Why, with digital camouflage, of course. Enter Pixelhead.

The Art, Food And Drinks Of Plants Vs Zombies

Last week’s PopCap Games party at the Game Developers Conference wasn’t just a chance to indulge in Plants Vs Zombies drinks and snacks while watching flowers cavort around the packed room. It was also a chance to check out some really neat concept art from the game and, you now, talk to people.

Entertainment And Fun Aren't The Same Thing

He may switch a few words around, but what commenter DunnCarnage is basically saying in today’s Speak-Up on Kotaku is that a game doesn’t have to be fun to be entertaining, and vice-versa.