A great game design essay.

Raph Koster’s essay on the fundamentals of game design is a classic, and a good read for everyone who thinks about design to encourage participation and/or learning. (That’s right, I’m looking at you!)

If you don’t know about Raph, he was the lead designer behind the classic Ultima and Star Wars Galaxies games, and is author of A Theory of Fun.

If you love Mario, you need to know this guy.

The New Yorker (home of articles somewhat longer than your attention span) has a great profile of Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and his compadres and the creative force behind Nintendo.