Journalism

Book chapter (Dutch) on academic publishing

The fourth installment of the popular “Netherlands in Ideas” series by Maven Publishing grappled with the question asked by photographer Anton Corbijn: “What do you resist?” 101 academics, entrepreneurs and artists answer that…

Book chapter for Dit is het mooiste ooit!

Similar to previous years I contributed to the best stelling series “Nederland in Ideeën”. This years volume is themed “This is the most beautiful thing ever” (Dit is het mooiste ooit). My contribution…

Feature article in NRC on #gamergate

Last couple of weeks I worked a larger story on ‪#‎gamergate‬ for NRC Handelsblad. There is so much to say about it; the threats to (and the position of) women in the tech…

2014 wrap-up

First of all, all the best for 2015. As you can see, the last couple of months have been a mixed blessing. As we speak I’m recovering from a hernia inguinalis surgery which…

Dit wil je weten! Nederland in ideeën 2015

Welkom! Dit bericht is onderdeel van de online tentoonstelling Nederland in ideeën, waarin 93 wetenschappers, ondernemers en kunstenaars antwoord geven op één vraag van Paulien Cornelisse: ‘Welk inzicht uit je vakgebied kan anderen…

Two NRC articles on Destiny and TinyLoot

Below are the two most recent articles for NRC Handelsblad. The first is on the megamilliondollar game Destiny and draws on my PhD research on blockbuster economics. The second article is more contemporary…

Longread on Dutch Python developer

Earlier this year at Dropbox’s HQ in San Francisco Niels ‘t Hooft and I interviewed Guido van Rossum. Apart from being an University of Amsterdam alumni and being a really nice and bright…

TV appearance and articles on Destiny

One of my PhD‘s key conclusions (which focuses on the economics of Triple-A console games) is the rise of what I call the “über blockbuster”. I argue: “These mega properties not only signal…

Longread on Dutch game veteran Arjan Brussee for Bright

Together with partner-in-gamejournalism-crime Niels ‘t Hooft I interviewed Arjan Brussee last March in San Francisco. It was a beautiful day during the Game Developers Conference and talking to Arjan has been a dream…

NRC column on the state of the game industry

  The coming weeks hundreds, if not thousands of Dutch students will start their new studies focused on game design, programming, or related fields such as multimedia design. Many of them seem to…

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