Another LA game company
Greg and I and some of our friends have played games with CityRace before, and they’re doing an event this weekend that sounds really fun: players will ride the Metro and accomplish challenges at various stations. It will require careful planning and understanding of the timetable, as well as some brains and physical stamina. Sign up here http://www.racela.com/index.html If you play, be...
Scoring points is not the point
“Circle rules football, for instance, is intended to highlight the common thread between improvisational theater and athletics, an improvisational performance in its own right. ‘Everything inherent in theater is inherent in sports,’ Mr. Manley said. ‘Drama is conflict, and there’s no better conflict than the Super Bowl.’” A quote very near to my heart from...
"Mistakes without penalty"
That’s one of the phrases I especially like from this article from the New Scientist. We’ve written about Stuart Brown before, and he’s one of the experts cited here about the positive benefits of play. Enjoy! (Whoops, better include an image with this blog post. How about this one?) (That’s dressage on a zebra. How’s that for playful?)
My dear old friend Barrie Zipkin just sent me a list of wonderful nosy questions about our company in the hopes of publishing in the forthcoming issue of Competitor magazine. I don’t know how much of what I wrote will end up in the magazine (turns out I am very long winded!) but before it is chopped up and made pretty, I thought I might as well put this long screed about our company on our...
A Thousand Points of Life
This link comes courtesy of Wise Guys friend Anselm Hook. He sent us this video saying, “You MUST watch this. There will be a quiz!” Well I did and I’m glad I did, and I bet the answer to at least one of the quiz questions is Pop Tarts. This talk by speaker Jesse Schell at the DICE 2010 event (whatever that is) discusses how recent advents in game development have baffled the...
All the social media guides I read say you need to spend lots of time reading other people’s blogs and following their content in order to be part of the back-and-forth conversation. This is one area in which I really fall down, and continually resolve to do more. If anyone knows blogs that are about complementary interests please let me know, I’ll add you to my RSS and comment as...
Greg and I didn’t become professional game developers for the glamor and the groupies, though those can be nice too. We did it because we’re game dorks: I’ve played Murder (aka Werewolf/Mafia) until 3 in the morning every night for a week on more than one occasion, and Greg spends more hours playing Settlers of Catan with online strangers in Germany than he would like me to admit...
Curious and Curiouser
In our earlier blog post about Camera Assassins, we neglected to mention that this is not the first time photographer Curious Josh and the Wise Guys have crossed paths before! For proof, see these photos: If you want to make up your own explanation for these photos and do not wish the real reason to be spoiled, do so now. Everyone else, continue after the jump. The same night Wise Guys...
Wise Guys Featured on Escape Hatcher blog! →
We’re so happy to have met Susan: she helps people do what we’ve done, make the focus of their life doing what makes them happy. (Sounds easy doesn’t it? Ah if only it were so.) In this blog, she writes about the ups and downs along the way and did a short video interview with me, Myles, about my “lemonade making” experience. Enjoy! ...
LA Times.com features Wise Guys on Hot List →
Josh Reiss of the LA Times covered our game last weekend: here’s the photo spread to prove it! ( Josh Reiss / For The Times )Myles Nye of Wise Guy Events stands poised with a Nerf gun, one of many props supplied for their Camera Assassins pre-Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt held Saturday in Pan Pacific Park. Teams of two (romantically unattached) members set out with digital cameras...
Singularly Fun Times in Pan Pacific Park
On Saturday 6 February, a raggle-taggle (but not too bedraggled) group of singles and friends met in the park to play our Camera Assassins game. The brave souls’ fortitude was rewarded, for the weather remained friendly and what ensued was birthday-party disrupting, tree-hanging, dart-gun shooting, caution-tape-ignoring pandemonium! Curious Josh from the LA Times Brand X was on the scene...
To participate, please RSVP. We need to know who all is going to make it. If you...– Super Soccer Bowling. What? - Crazy Sports. Org (South Pasadena, CA) - Meetup.com Great news! This guy isn’t gone after all! More from the event organizer on the verge of a breakdown. Speaking of which, are you coming? tinyurl.com/camerasingles
EVOKE trailer (a new online game) on Vimeo (via Vimeo) That endlessly inventive, resourceful doyenne of games, Jane McGonigal is at it again: this time she’s saving the world through gameplay under the aegis of the World Bank. Something tells me I won’t be as good at this one as I was at Top Secret Dance Off, but I’m game for anything!
From our game last week, this video is in the category of “What did we do before the internet?” This team shows the sad but true perils of non-Facebook efforts to widen your social circle. Who could take this kind of rejection face to face? Nobody. That’s why we’re glad for Facebook. That and Farmville.