Iain Simons writes, talks and tweets about videogames and technology. His new book, Play Britannia, is to be published in 2009. He is the director of the GameCity festival at Nottingham Trent University.

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Sci-Tech
25 July 2008
For those who enjoy strategic simulation games but dislike the company of others, this week we present Pandemic 2 for...
Sci-Tech
23 July 2008
If, like me, you spend much of your travelling alone to unfamiliar cities, ultimately finding yourself stood in a city...
Global Issues
22 July 2008
Disregarding Snake, gaming on the mobile phone has never quite managed to attain any real ubiquity. There have been...
Consumer Tech
18 July 2008
The Ragdoll has a particularly special place in videogame heritage. Whilst on one hand, this simplistic rendition of...
Sci-Tech
15 July 2008
You might not have been aware of it, but the borders came down in the Metaverse last week. Staff at IBM and Linden Labs...
UK Politics
14 July 2008
The post-Byron review games industry is getting itself very worked up about regulatory frameworks. Having commissioned...
Consumer Tech
11 July 2008
Children think computer games are cool. Children hate maths / physics / learning. Therefore - hide maths inside...
Food and Drink
07 July 2008
Now regularly invading the Sunday supplements and lifestyle technology sections of the dailies, the middle-brow appears...
Consumer Tech
04 July 2008
In an effort to moderate your productivity, every Friday morning NS CultureTech offers a gentle diversion from the...
Business
23 June 2008
Los Angeles, 2005. Deep within the sweaty bowels of the Electronic Arts booth at the E3 videogame trade-show in Los...
Ideas
24 July 2006
The lender, while full of charm, is utterly unwavering in his insistence on the full price being paid. It so happens...
Ideas
19 September 2005
The domestic personal computer has never quite delivered the Norman Rockwell utopia it promised. The photographs on the...
Ideas
25 July 2005
Minds learn best through play. We understand that they grow through the repetitive modelling of problems and finding...
Culture
13 June 2005
It was the hottest part of the day. A plane swooped alarmingly low over downtown Los Angeles. The traffic slowed to a...
Culture
25 April 2005
I think video games are important. Having spent nearly three decades in a cultural quarantine, kept safely away from...

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