Digital Games Research Association (DIGRA)
Maintained by David Thomas, Buzz Cut is a hybrid of a web log and
an information portal. In the words of its creator, it is devoted to "the
theory and criticism of electronic entertainment."
The Digital Games Research Association is an international association of
scholars and game developers
Game Girl Advance
For the past six years, Gama Sutra has been essential reading for game
developers. The site includes articles about designing games, interviews with
industry figures, discussion forums, job announcements, and a gallery of student
Game Studies: The International
Journal of Computer Game Research
Founded by Jane Pinckard, Game Girl Advance "brings alternative perspectives to videogame culture. We want to analyze various aspects of gaming but also we want to put it into context, into the larger arena of modern pop culture. We're interested in what makes games fun, what makes games interesting, what we can learn from games, and what forces convert perfectly normal people into rabid gamers. We're also interested in music, film, and fashion. And girls. We love girls."
International Game Developers
Game Studies is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal devoted
to the "aesthetic, cultural, and communicative aspects of computer games."
Bringing together developers, designers, and scholars, the IGDA is the premiere
non-profit professional association for people interested in games. They have
recently announced a scholarship
program providing full-access passes to college
students who want to attend the Game Developers
Conference in March 2004. The
deadline for applications is January 28th.
Ludology.Org - Videogame Theory
Ludology.Org is a game-themed blog/portal maintained by Gonzalo Frasca.
MUD-DEV-L is a mailing list devoted to the design and implementation of multiplayer
games on all types of computer platforms. This high-traffic list is populated
by scores of professional game developers. Topics range from the highly technical
to the purely sociological.
Programming Guide for Video Gamers
Created by a small squad of developers, animaters and game designers who call themselves IT Hare, the Programming Guide for Video Gamers is dedicated to the proposition that "Anyone can make a video game, but to be successful, a creator should have a good understanding of programming, a solid concept, and the willingness to collaborate with other artists if necessary." The authors of this site link to dozens of pages which cover the nuts and bolts of game design along with articles about how to build a career in the games industry. Many thanks to Adam F. for highlighting this useful resource.
Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies
The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (RCCS) nurtures the emerging field
of cyberculture studies.