Ian Bogost

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Ian Bogost
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Bogost with an Atari VCS joystick
Occupation Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, co-founder of Persuasive Games
Spouse(s) Abbey Bogost
Children Tristan and Flannery Bogost
Website
www.bogost.com

Ian Bogost is a video game designer, critic and researcher. He holds a joint professorship in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and in Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Chair in Media Studies.[1] He is a founding partner at Persuasive Games. His research and writing consider video games as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on games about social and political issues, including airport security, consumer debt, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, pandemic flu and tort reform.

He is the author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism and Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames as well as the co-author of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System and Newsgames: Journalism at Play. Bogost also recently released Cow Clicker, a satire and critique of the influx of social network games. His game, A Slow Year, won two awards, Vanguard and Virtuoso, at IndieCade 2010.[2]

He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and comparative literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in comparative literature from UCLA. He lives in Atlanta.

Games[edit]

The games designed or developed by Bogost:


Game Release Notes
Simony[3] 2012 Released as both an iOS game and an installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
A Slow Year: Game Poems[4] 2010
Cow Clicker[5] 2010
Guru Meditation[6] 2009 Also released for Atari VCS as a limited edition[7]
Fatworld 2007
Airport Security 2006
The Howard Dean for Iowa Game[8] 2003

Media appearances[edit]

Ian was a guest on The Colbert Report on August 7, 2007. He discussed his persuasive game concepts.[9]

Notable quotes[edit]

Regarding the crowdfunding site Kickstarter:[10]

It’s a Like button attached to your wallet

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