Jenova Chen’s talk at the Develop Conference in Brighton was featured in an article on Gamasutra.

“Feelings make the game, says thatgamecompany’s Jenova Chen. “If the feelings that you provide in your game are unique, then your game will be unique,” said the Flower developer’s creative director and co-founder at Develop in Brighton.”

Read the full article here.

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via Speaking of Faith


Stuart Brown, a physician and director of the National Institute for Play, says that pleasurable, purposeless activity prevents violence and promotes trust, empathy, and adaptability to life’s complication.  Play games – they’re good for you!

Listen to the radio program here.

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Video Game in 10 Years

Posted by on March 27th, 2009

This is a presentation I gave at the GamesBeat09 conference hosted by VentureBeat. The topic is about the future of video games. Unfortunately, my presentation was interrupted. Therefore I recorded a version afterward to satisfy the people who are interested to hear the ending.

However, this is the first time I tried to add my narration to my slides. There were so many technical issues happened during the making of this video. So if you hear sound glitches (some are pretty long), please bear with me. In addition, this was suppose to be a 8 minutes talk. However, I spent 20 minutes trying to elaborate each slides to more details which made the talk too long to watch : {

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CBC Radio Interview on Flower & More

Posted by on February 5th, 2009

It was a great honor and pleasant experience chatting with host of CBC Radio show Spark, Nora Young about Flower and the game design philosophy behind thatgamecompany.

The crew at Spark managed to edit our 30 minutes conversation into be a very condensed information feast. You probably won’t be able to tell that I had bad coughs that day. Applause for the effort went into the show!

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Video Game, Art and Digital Medium

Posted by on May 7th, 2008

I had a great conversation with my friend Anna Knos today on IM. She’s not in the video game industry but somehow is doing researches about games. And by sharing my thoughts on video games and art with her I learned a lot myself.

In short, video game can be Art if you make it.

And here are my lazy IM notes…

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