A feast of failure
Behold this article from Harvard Business Review. The author makes an argument for widening the definition of failure that we might better recognize and address where our business could be better. I like this reasoning and I see it as being in simpatico with the way gamers view the world. Failure is a necessary prerequisite for game play. Failure - or, to use the phrase I quite like,...
This is the first installment of a regular feature called “What I’m Reading Now.” My hope is that this will be a Daily Show-esque regular feature, by which I mean, this will be the only time I do it. I’m reading “Game Frame” by Aaron Dignan, and I’m diggnan it (sorry Aaron). Aaron acknowledge that he is not a game designer, but rather someone who sees the...
We missed one. Doggone it, we try to make an effort to publicized all real life games being played in Los Angeles, but Challenge Nation slipped under our radar. Sorry! Anyone who played this game downtown on March 12th want to tell us how it went and if it was fun?
Make a rec of the place →
This sounds so great! Who wants to come with me, next Tuesday at 7?
Put a sock in it
Okay, I hate to be the cranky old man on the block who won’t return the neighbor kid’s ball and complains about rap music and variously connects his house to a million balloons or turns it into a child-eating monster, depending on which CGI film you prefer, but what is it with all the accolades for Socks Inc? This WSJ article describes the various category of missions you can complete...
Who goes to a conference to meet people? →
This post, found on a blog about improving meetings and education, with the arresting title “Velvet Chainsaw,” describes the benefits of playing games (massive multiplayer online games, and otherwise) at conferences: Reeves and Reed believe that the highest use of games will be to redesign work so that it is more like a game. Sometimes work may even be conducted within games. ...
Surely this can’t be the best UCLA can do when it comes to creating original games. As it turns out, it isn’t! Greg and I are both Bruins, so I was pleased to find out that “UCLA game” now has a whole new meaning that has nothing to do with college football (thanks goodness) (no offense, but not my kind of game). One of the many cool things we learned about at last...
A Day at the Races
Fellow game runners at Race/LA are once again offering their all-day puzzle hunt game inspired by the Amazing Race. For players who want to test the waters before going on reality TV, this game promises to be a variety of navigational, intellectual, and physical challenges, with plenty of twists and surprises along the way. Sign up here, and let us know what you thought of the game.
Who will be the Mr. (or Ms.) Smarty Pants?
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Panther. Panther who? Panther no pants, come to Book Soup this Saturday for a scavenger hunt and book signing! So okay, that wasn’t funny. But you know who is? Comedian Michael Showalter, whose notable works include, in escalating length of titles, “Stella,” “The State,” “The Baxter,” “Wet Hot American...