Steve Jobs's Mind On a Bicycle
This video from 1990 shows Steve Jobs (not working for Apple at the time) talking about two of my favorite things: games and bicycles. http://www.cultofmac.com/136734/steve-jobs-on-gaming-its-the-future-of-learning-video/ I’m using the low-expectations week between Christmas and New Year’s to watch some of the longer videos I have bookmarked and promised myself to watch, although...
'Tis the season
Well, it’s the wrong season, but it’s the season all the same. Congratulations to the winners of the Gameful Summer Challenge Series! The winners and their games are listed here: http://gameful.org/blog/2011/11/01/gameful-summer-challenge-series-winners/ Now the next challenge will be… who will be first to play all these games?
16 days to go!
Hey everybody, let’s fly to Scotland! Come on! Who’s with me? But look at this awesome new games festival they’re having on January 1st! http://thenewyeargames.com/ Given that my wife is likely going to deliver a baby 1 week after this, maybe I should save my airfare dollars and just wait for next year’s IndieCade to come around again. Unless I get a teleportation machine...
The Island of Broken Games
Jesse Fuchs - Monopoly : Part 1/2 from New School Game Club on Vimeo. Jesse Fuchs - Monopoly : Part 2/2 from New School Game Club on Vimeo. One of the stand out talks at the debut “Practice” conference in New York a few weeks ago was Jesse Fuchs’s two-minute talk about Monopoly. This is the more complete version of the talk addressing this comprehensive subject. I...
Speaking in mime?
Practomime, that is Practomime is a new word for what stories, games, and many other kinds of works of art have in common: they all involve creative activity in a cultural zone regulated for play. In plain language, that means that the Iliad and the Odyssey are really the same kind of thing as some of the most popular video games today. The ancient Greeks learned most of the stuff that made...
The December Game at a fancy Beverly Hills Hotel
Check it out! See more photos here. Get our own December game here!
Jane McGonigal was right! Fourteen-year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards center of the brain than peers who didn’t play video games as much — suggesting that gaming may be correlated to changes in the brain much as addictions are. [Source: Los Angeles Times] As I believe I’ve mentioned before, my wife is a neuroscientist, and she would...
When I saw Elan Lee speak at the Transmedia LA event downtown, he said the sad truth that most Augmented Reality programs, as they are currently implemented, are at best herky-jerky and at worst just plain suck. The question of whether AR is over before it even began (like the VCR before it) is a raging one, but this blog post indexes a few ways that Augmented Reality is living up to the hype - or...
It's my birthday!
And I want TREATS! Particularly, I am interested in treats that remind me of games. How about these game inspired desserts? Send them by mail to 123 My Mouth Street, and rush delivery so they arrive by eat o’clock.
Confederates in the fog
Greg and I are originally from Northern California; if we still lived up there (and some day soon, we may again!) we’d surely be playing games with Gabe Smedresmen: his work has been featured at Come Out and Play SF and he is a co-founder of Undercover Street Games. This is precisely the spirit of play that we work to galvanize here in LA. The two cities have a very different flavor, but...