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Games and Puzzles Media Round-Up

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

It’s been great recently to see quite so much about games and puzzles in the media. There have been plenty of articles in the papers about boardgames (here, here and here, for example), and in particular it’s been encouraging to read articles in the mainstream media suggesting that there is life beyond Monopoly and Cluedo.

BBC Four is currently in the middle of its Game On Season, featuring documentaries on board games, outdoor play and crosswords, amongst others.

Last week BBC Four showed its eagerly anticipated documentary on Kit Williams, creator of treasure hunt classic Masquerade, which you can watch on iPlayer.

Also still available on iPlayer is James May’s recent BBC2 series Toy Stories, which each week took a classic toy brand from my generation’s childhood - Airfix, Plasticine, Meccano and Scalextric - and turned it into a giant engineering project.  Later this month, the BBC will broadcast the final episodes, on Lego (20th December) and Hornby (Christmas Day).

Add to this the current vogue for games manufacturers to team up with Hollywood for upcoming film versions of Risk, Battleship, Monopoly et al., and it’s clear that something is up.  I can think of three reasons for the renewed interest.  Firstly, although it’s unlikely that the traditional industry is ever going to claw back the lead that the video game industry has established over it, there does seem to be a renewed appetite amongst the public for games that have a more sociable element to them.  Secondly, it’s well-known that recessionary times lead to more time spent at home, for both economic and psychological reasons.  And thirdly - and I don’t know if this is oversimplification or not - but there seems to be a strong nostalgic element to this, most clearly seen in the Game On season and in James May’s series, and nostalgia is a state of mind to which even TV commissioning editors and Hollywood producers are susceptible.

Army Of Zero in ToyNews Magazine

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Nice to see ToyNews magazine featuring Army Of Zero in its September issue.  ToyNews tends to have themed issues, and September’s had a whole section on Games and Puzzles.  The item is reproduced on the left - but then you can see that!

(Sorry it’s a scan - you can usually find a good quality reproduction online but for some reason it wasn’t on the ToyNews site when I went looking for it.)

Interview In ToyTalk

Friday, June 19th, 2009

The Toy Talk website did an interview with me this week, which you can read here.  I talk about what influenced Army Of Zero, and the trials and tribulations of getting from concept to market.

Army Of Zero article in Toy News Magazine

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The July edition of Toy News Magazine has an article on Army Of Zero, which was nice to see. Basically they picked it up from the Wilmslow Express piece, but it’s interesting to track how these bits of media coverage track each other and accumulate over time.

Click on the thumbnail to read the article…

Toy News Magazine - July

No-one can resist a crack about my name, can they? Heh.

You can download the whole magazine in PDF format from here (registration required).

Tweleve, Toy News

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Puzzle site tweleve.org has a thread going about Army Of Zero, where I’ve posted a couple of messages about solving the riddle.

Toy News Magazine is running a feature article about games and puzzles (on the rise in these difficult times, because staying in is the new going out, apparently) in which Point Zero Games gets a section.  Read it here.

Army Of Zero in the Media

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Wilmslow Express Article We got a nice write up in the Wilmslow Express (our local newspaper) last week, after they followed up on a press release that we put out after the Toy Fair.  We did a phone interview and sent them one of our standard publicity photos.

The Wilmslow Express put a lot of their articles online, but unfortunately not this one, so we scanned it in so we could post it up here.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

First Review for Army Of Zero

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

We just got our first review over at Infinity Games UK, coincidentally posted by one “Count Zero” (no relation).  There’s also an interview with Steve, in which he uses the word “tropes”.

The good Count reports that he’s “stumped” on the puzzles, little suspecting that the paragraphs he wrote about the clans and the character stats are significant…


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