Doctor ArkanoidWelcome to the Inner Sanctum! I’m glad you decided to drop in.

I’m sure you’re wondering who is Doctor Arkanoid and what this blog is about. Allow me to enlighten you 🙂

First of all, Doctor Arkanoid is me! My name is Anthony Gurr and I’ve been involved with the video game industry for 25 years. I’m also a professional technology writer, and I’ve taught at the post-secondary level. I received my Master’s degree in Technology and Learning Design in June, 2011, from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada. I started my career in video games in 1988 by working as a game tester for a Japanese company in Vancouver called Taito Software. Perhaps you’ve heard of Taito; they made a modestly successful arcade game named ‘Space Invaders‘! I was known inside Taito Software as ‘Doctor Arkanoid’ – the resident game guru and writer of a marketing newsletter we sent out that featured game hints and information.

Some of the titles I worked on at Taito Software include Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble, Chase HQ, Operation Wolf,Rastan, Renegade, and Wrath of the Black Manta. I also worked for Taito Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, from 1991 to 1994, where I helped develop Arkanoid: Doh it Again, Lufia & The Fortess of Doom, Operation Thunderbolt, Super Chase HQ, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and The Ninja Warriors.

The Inner Sanctum is all about helping people make sense of the wild virtual frontier that is the video game world. By ‘video games’, I’m talking about the whole spectrum of personal computer games, handheld video games, mobile games, and video game consoles. The purpose of this blog is to help explain the nature of video games and the industry to the mainstream world and encourage an open dialogue.

This blog isn’t about cheat codes, gamer gossip, or the latest marketing hype. There are plenty of other folks in the blogosphere doing an excellent job of that! The Inner Sanctum is about helping make sense of video games and their influence in today’s world. If you’re an academic, a parent, a teacher, a media reporter, a student, or someone looking for thoughtful advice and information, I hope you’ll find this blog to be useful.

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