QWOP creator declares: Jocks and gamers. Together at last.

Stalking the halls at the Game Developer’s Conference 2013 this week gave me plenty of data to test against Bennett Foddy’s sharp talk on videogames’ failure to learn from the lessons that sports mastered thousands of years ago.  The expo floor is packed with games struggling to put themselves on display before the gaggles of in-the-flesh game devs thronging TV screens and controllers.   That means the awkwardness of putting people on the spot, making them play in front of an impromptu crowd, and the opportunity for humiliation if they turn out to be terrible at the game or if…


Looking to start the next Facebook? Try playing Civilization.

With Facebook’s IPO due in the next week or so, founding geek and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to make so much money he’ll be able to swim around in it like Scrooge McDuck. We’re talking enough money for the pit full of gold coins (naturally), but also enough to fund the ground-breaking physics research necessary to swim through little metal discs like a cartoon duck. So how’d he get there? In a recent New York Times article, they shoehorned this tasty morsel into a bigger piece about how he got the chops to run a mega-successful tech company: Perhaps it is no…