8-Bit Terrariums by Jude Buffum
- The Bygone Bureau – Fear and Gaming: Being and Nothingness and “Minecraft”
I almost missed linking to one of these! It’s a good thing I caught myself: I recently told Bureau editor Kevin Nguyen by Tweet that if I missed one, he ought to phone the police, because I must be in trouble. I’m okay, guys! I have a free, 6-month subscription to OnStar!
Have you been reading all these? I keep telling you to. Mr. Gourlay’s approach to games is something I have heard called "experiential," which is a descriptive word that I like but barely understand how to pronounce aloud. I think I’m kidding? Maybe.
Even though I am not a mother, I have watched children play and have felt defensive and nurturing only until I got in on the game myself (at which point I will start shouting, "Boo-yah! No mercy! In your face! ...Sorry"). But there is something sharp and moving—so sharp that as a reader I don’t even see it coming until it’s too late for me—about Mr. Gourlay’s relationship with a game (_Minecraft_) as contrasted with his relationship with his 9-year-old daughter.
- BBC News – Polish game recreates communist shopping hell
A new educational board game simulates the stress of shopping—the long lines, the shortages—in 1980s communist Poland.
- Paste – Games: Features – On Videogame Criticism
A series of letters between Tom Bissell and Simon Ferrari. (via editor @kirkhamilton on Twitter)
- You Are Not So Smart – Deindividuation
On identities authentic and assumed, the difference between conformity and deindividuation, and the anonymous mob. (via @chmmr)
- CNN.com – ‘Sims’ creator: ‘Games are not the right medium to tell stories’
This is one of those things that make me ehhhhhhhhh, because Will Wright is an inarguable visionary and I know what he is saying and how it makes sense, but I just ehhhhhhhhhh.
Still it’s nice to see some discussion of "Bar Karma," Wright’s crowd-scripted TV serial on Current, and anyway we all should embrace conversations about narrativity versus sandboxing with the goal of eventually furthering the form or whatever.
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