May 2013 – ‘One With Nature’

There’s a slight change to the format for Blogs of the Round Table: this month, we’ll be extending the submission process over May and June as I’ll be on holiday in June.

Somewhat appropriately since I’ll be sunning it up in the real world and enjoying the Devonshire coastline, our new topic is ‘One With Nature’:

Where videogames once had ‘levels’ like jungles, an ice world, lava world etc. their environments increasingly resemble real-life: players can now explore whole islands or peninsulas and even make their own worlds and ecosystems.

What’s the most convincing natural world you have explored? What unexpected encounters have you had in a simulated ecosystem? What can games do with environments and nature that the real world cannot?

Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @critdistance and @AGBear with the #BoRT hashtag. Given the length of the submission period, you are strongly recommended to send me an email so they don’t get lost.

Don’t forget the Rules of the Round Table:

  • Blogs of the Round Table is not curated. If you write it, we’ll publish it, as long as it’s connected to the topic.
  • Your blog does not have to be in English. If you submit a German piece I’ll try my best to read it; if it’s another language I’ll find someone else.
  • If your work contains potentially disturbing content, please include a suitable warning at the start. Use your common sense.
  • You can submit as many articles as you like throughout the month, and it doesn’t matter if they are commercially published, paywalled or available for free. We will need a transcript for paywalled content to be approved.