EMBED WITH… LONDON

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My friends George Buckenham and Alice O’Connor kindly agreed to be written about as an introduction to my ‘embedding’ with strangers. George has been making games for years, both traditional and non-traditional; the central focus is on his outlook on games as a whole. Alice is Senior Editor for Shacknews but has more recently done design work for the sadly now disbanded Hide&Seek. They happen to live in the same flat. Both are heavily involved in setting up renowned London games & music event The Wild Rumpus. This details my week with them and the lead up to the event. All beautiful photographs of The Wild Rumpus were taken by Robin Baumgarten. The rest were taken, badly, by me.

Drinking In Bars With Karla Zimonja

This month, I have been a passenger. This is a mostly meditative post; if it seems to lack the spirit of the last it is because it’s not really a piece of ‘embedded journalism’: this will begin earnestly next month. I have been preparing to leave, giving away my room to a new tenant, giving away my clothes, applying for press visas. Karla Zimonja, co-founder of The Fullbright Company and co-creator of the multi-award-winning game Gone Home came to visit the UK to give a talk, and our time together was rushed between meetings, events, friends, storms and floods. But there was still time to talk about women’s nefarious agendas.

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Karla Zimonja at 2K Marin, her workplace before she left to help form The Fullbright Company.

EMBED WITH… TIM ROGERS

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An adventure in Oakland, California living with game designer and prolific internet voice Tim Rogers. Photos by Luis Hernandez (1) and Dan Tabar (2)

EMBED WITH… KATHARINE NEIL AND HARVEY SMITH


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I lurk on the edges of Paris, not quite an inhabitant, not quite an outsider. Alexandre Lejeune, a friend of a friend, has left me and it’s raining over the neon of the Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants. Rumor has it the best bars are at the Bastille, but I choose Place d’Italie and Saint-Denis to lurk. I live for the moments in between, where Cat Power sings to me in silvered tones about rambling and being a woman, just so I can be alone and think about the conversations.

EMBED WITH… LIZ RYERSON

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This month I returned to California to cover Liz Ryerson, a writer, artist, musician and game maker based in Berkeley. Header illustration and final illustration by my partner in crime Irene Koh. All other material embedded was created by Liz’s own fine hand. Liz’s digital art is made using a tool called ‘BECOME A GREAT ARTIST IN JUST TEN SECONDS!' by Michael Brough and Andi McClure.

EMBED WITH… BRENDON CHUNG

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This month I escaped to LA to stay with Brendon Chung, who is the centre of a small group of developers who work together in a space called Glitch City LA. Brendon makes, under the guise ‘Blendo Games’, some of the most interesting PC games in our PCscape. Fellow Glitcher and Hyper Light Drifter guy Teddy Diefenbach was my stringer.

Fourth of July rooftops in Noo York. No one here does anything half-heartedly. Apart from me and Elizabeth. We sleep til noon.

You can now read this blog chronologically, from the beginning, with this neat link!

http://embedwith.tumblr.com/tagged/embed-with/chrono

Now you can make sense of my journey. (Hopefully.)