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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 3 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 3 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 3 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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  • Should I contribute to the Scottish Parliament’s enquiry into video game tax breaks?

    Scott Purdie, a recent purchaser of How to Publish a Game, pointed me in the direction of this Scottish Parliament select committee. I’m considering whether to give a submission that argues that tax breaks are bad for...

    • Posted 4 years ago
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