Tag Archives: Barack Obama


Madmen join the game

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… add to the realism of a game. A good example, in my opinion, are the ads that appeared during the Obama campaign in games such as Burnout Paradise and Madden 2009. Billboards like this are all over the place during elections, and lend a sense of time and place to the gameplay.

But more important that enhancing the gameplay and realism of the virtual world, in my opinion, is not detracting from it. That is why efforts like the gleaming Pepsi vending machines that exist in the devastated …

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Your Country Needs You!

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… lines of communication on the internet into one giant suggestion box.

Yes We Might!

President Obama’s election campaign was memorable for many things, not least of which its deft use of technology and social media to organize supporters. This technophilia has continued in the new administration. Last year Obama experimented with an interactive townhall meeting – a traditional meeting with a live webcast allowing the online audience to participate by submitting questions. All told, …

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Kony 2012: the crowd to the rescue?

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Unless you’re a solitary hermit with no Facebook friends, you’ll have seen the Kony 2012 film , which racked up an astonishing 70m hits in its first week. You may also have heard the criticisms of Invisible Children, the charity behind the film, and read the charity’s response to its critics.

Leaving aside these issues, the nature of the campaign and its enormous …

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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

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A massive earthquake, a tsunami and a potential nuclear meltdown. The crisis in Japan is like a disaster movie. Only the “special effects” are real and Bruce Willis isn’t going to parachute in and save the day.

Scientists can now (more or less) accurately forecast volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts and hurricanes. But despite the best efforts of seismologists (who …

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Crowd funding: a monumental achievement

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… apocalyptic zombie movies. In these troubled times, can anyone save “Motor City”?

Forget Obama and Government investment. Long-term, sustainable regeneration? No way. What Detroit really needs is a half-man half-machine, kick-ass eighties movie icon. That’s right, a statue of Robocop.

Robot Love

It all started with a tweet. Some guy on Twitter asked the mayor of Detroit about a Robocop statue. Mayor Bing (unsurprisingly) replied: “there are not any plans to erect a statue …

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