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A Year and a Bit: The Good, The Bad, and the Mugglesy

Seems it’s turning out to be  hellova year here, and we’re only 4 months in. So far in 2017, here at MBD we’ve had Digital-Fiction-Award-shortlisted projects, and honorable mentions, and theorising all over the MDB shop: most of which have been centered on the release of “All the Delicate Duplicates”, on which we hit the […]
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Best Overall Game Award Goes to…All The Delicate Duplicates!

Amazingly tingle-fueled news: All The Delicate Duplicates has won the Open Arcade “Best Overall Game” Award at this years Game City Festival! Three games were nominated for this Best Overall Game Award, our very own, Akuto and The Last Leviathan. In short: WOOT!
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“Future Possible”: ABC Radio Interview

…so here’s an ABC radio interview with my fine self and the lovely Adelaide Rief about our upcoming speaking event as part of the “Future Possible” Series, during which I even made [some sort of] sense banging on about Augmented Reality, Digital Fiction, Virtual Reality, Tilt Brush, and monsters [of course]. And here’s a *massive* […]
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“The Journey Home” + Forced Affectivity in VR

So I just finished playing through this Virtual Reality Experience for the Vive called “The Journey Home” [TJH] which has left me confuzzled emotionally. At first, the experience was hard to get into with a rushed intro containing similar-sounding voiceovers resulting in the main characters being confusingly difficult to distinguish. The scenes that followed weren’t […]
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No Legacy: Literatura Electrónica Opening Symposium

Well worth the watch [+ happy to learn from this Symposium that when completed, my own Duke Uni/David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library archive will sit alongside those of Judy Malloy, Stephanie Strickland, and Rob Kendall: such amazing companions].
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Canada-Australia CoProductions Receive Over $700,000 in Funding [We’re One!]

Remember that crazybig announcement we had fun teasing you with in our last post? Well, now the embargo has been lifted, we’re gobstonkingly thrilled to announce that “Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads”, our new Interactive Digital Novel and Virtual Reality Series, has been selected for production funding through the Canada – Australia Interactive Digital Media Incentive! […]
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Poetics of Politics

Our current social order is surely reaching a critical period of its time. With the rise of ethno-national parties and fragmentation of European Union, authoritarianism feed on xenophobia generated by ‘terrorism’. Dazzled by the hyperreality of overloading information and sensation from media channels,we find ourselves questioning the future of borderless and multi-cultural landscape of Europe. […]
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Australian Senate: No National Games Support

…and politicians wonder why the vast majority of Aussies are thoroughly disillusioned with the state of governance today.
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UK’s First Ever Popular Digital Fiction Writing Prize

Have we mentioned that two of our projects, All the Delicate Duplicates and the Beta version of Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads have made the shortlist for this Prize? No? Well you better go visit here to have a look-see [and feel free to sling us – or some of the other fab entries – a […]
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2017 Queensland Literary Awards: Call-Out

The QUT Digital Literature Award showcases innovation and creativity in storytelling for digital media, and new directions in contemporary literary practice informed by technology. This Award is open to all original works of digital literature (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative) which are purpose-designed for digital consumption. Source: 2017 guidelines (Queensland Literary Awards)
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What AR and VR Can Learn from MMOs

In this 2017 GDC session, MMO designer Raph Koster talks about the social and ethical implications of turning the real world into a virtual world, and how the lessons of massively multiplayer virtual worlds are more relevant than ever.