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Krotoski, Aleks

Aleks Krotoski is a gamesblog columnist for Technology Guardian

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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 27/09/2007

The video game Halo 3, a threat to traditional media

Halo 3, one of the most heavily-marketed video games in history was launched in Europe on September 25th. The columnist Aleks Krotoski comments. "Frenzied television and movie execs have been begging games developers and pundits for the secrets of their success for several years now, desperate to figure out how to make their passive storytelling a more immediate, immersive and interactive experience for the kids and their parents ... Why? Gamers will buy Halo 3 and will work collaboratively to solve puzzles, develop stories and create content. It will compel them for many, many hours and will drive them away from the cinema screen and advertising slots. ... Computer games' popularity has had a profound effect on how we consume our media. We expect interactivity. We expect control. We expect to be responsible for our own actions and to have a say in how our heroes get the girl (or boy)."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 29/12/2005

'Social Software' heralds an online revolution

Aleks Krotoski, a researcher at the University of Surrey, sings the praises of "social software" such as, Orkut or Flickr, Internet concepts that he says are revolutionising online interaction. "Social software corrects one of the most significant failings of the world wide web. (...) By making transparent the things that can be true or false in this anonymous medium, parties have non-verbal shortcuts conveying group allegiance and identity, much like musical tastes, the choice of newspaper or clothing. (...) Sceptics who argue that a computer keyboard is too large a barrier to meaningful interaction have short memories. The technology's detractors forget the huge leap of faith that preceded the adoption of the telephone. It was initially considered the enemy of community that would break down social graces and the family."

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