June 12, 2004

Interviews with Gamers From Around the World

by Susan Rozmiarek

Once upon a time, there were only a handful of websites devoted to German-style games. Flush with discovery, I frequented them all regularly, lapping up every crumb of info about my newfound hobby. Nowadays it is a completely different story. Gaming seems to have just exploded on the Internet and it is simply hard to keep up with it all. If something interesting doesnít find its way to me via forum emails or RSS feeds, Iím likely to miss it. Once in a while though, Iím sitting at my computer procrastinating and Iíll click on some of those old bookmarks and discover some worthwhile goodies Iíve been missing. This is a perfect example:

Rick Heliís Spotlight on Games website has always been a great place to read capsule reviews of games, and if you poke around youíll find lots of other interesting articles as well. Recently, he has posted a series of interviews with gamers from different countries that are really fascinating. Each interview includes not only personal stuff, but also a perspective of gaming in that particular country Ė the prevalence and how it is perceived. Numerous links are also included with each interview. Check out the pictures of the homemade Settlers of Catan by Brazilian Mario Lucio Zico!

So far, Rick has interviewed gamers from Brazil, Australia, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Ireland and it sounds like he plans to do more. I really hope so. I find it fascinating to get a glimpse of the hobby in these faraway, exotic (to this Texan at least!) places. It also gives a me a sense of connection to a worldwide community that includes many cultures, a very nice feeling indeed :-)

Posted by Susan Rozmiarek at June 12, 2004 2:31 PM


Oh, thanks for the tip. I've got Change Detector (http://www.changedetection.com/) set up to ping me whenever Rick updates his 1001 Nights of Games, but had missed this other material.

Posted by: Mark Johnson on June 12, 2004 4:58 PM

Totally agree with everything you said. Spotlightongames is excellent and there is far too much on the web these days about games. I am selective about what I read.

Posted by: Iain on June 14, 2004 7:00 AM
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