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  • Mannerheim League for Child Welfare clinic in Jämsänkoski 1938, public domain image.
    Do you hate the NHS?

    This is an installment in Mark Sorrell’s regular guest post series. See the full series. I just got back from Finland. It was the Pocket Gamer Connects conference in Helsinki and, since Finland is the Graceland of...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • Video games and riots

    This opinion piece is part of a regular series of posts I am writing for Gamasutra. Here I examine the role that video games play in society, and look at how “games as propaganda machines” played into...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • Pre-order GAMESbrief Unplugged Volume 1

    In early March, I am going to publish the first volume in my GAMESbrief Unplugged series. During the past two years, I have written 200,000 words on GAMESbrief. I’ve gathered, edited and tidied up some of the...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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  • If you believe in Internet freedom, you should hate the DDOS attacks in defence of Wikileaks

    I don’t think I have seen a more stupid bunch of freedom fighters. In defence of Wikileaks, an organisation that calls itself have launched Distributed Denial of Service attacks of the basic infrastucture of commerce on...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Seven reasons why the Coalition rejects tax credits for the UK games industry

    I am not a fan of special pleading for an industry. I would prefer a government to work to make Britain a more favourable environment for all entrepreneurs, not just games ones. I’ve written my arguments on...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • We have won the battle

    I have just been reading the debate in the House of Commons about tax breaks for video games. It is a surprisingly interesting debate, with contributions from David Hanson (Lab Delyn), Jim McGovern (Lab, Dundee West), Stewart...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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  • Ed Balls is wrong to claim tax credits would have helped RealTime Worlds

    GamesIndustry.biz is reporting on a speech by Ed Balls, the Labour leader candidate, linking the refusal of the coalition government to implement games tax credits with the demise of RealTime Worlds. This is so wrong-headed I don’t...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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