Too much of our impression of the world comes from a misleading formula of journalistic narration. Reporters give lavish coverage to gun bursts, explosions, and viral videos, oblivious to how representative they are and apparently innocent of the fact that many were contrived as journalist bait. Then come sound bites from “experts” with vested interests in maximizing the impression of mayhem: generals, politicians, security officials, moral activists. The talking heads on cable news filibuster about the event, desperately hoping to avoid dead air. Newspaper columnists instruct their readers on what emotions to feel.
Heading back from Big Brother Awards. Hans and his team at Bits of Freedom put on a good show. A few things of note: The lady from the primary education council using “game” as a metaphor to explain adaptive digital learning materials. The ridiculous faux cable response from the ministry of safety and justice to Opstelten winning an award, which I wish but don’t expect will backfire on them horrifically. Hans using the concept of “legibility” to shift the focus of the digital rights movement on to increased diversity. A high percentage of female speakers on stage. Snowden getting a standing ovation. It was a good night, if only to rally the troops.
I was standing on the shoulders of giants for this one. Here’s a (probably incomplete) list of sources I referenced throughout the talk.
- Eric Zimmerman. Manifesto: The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Games.
- Ian Bogost. Persuasive Games.
- Raph Koster. A Theory of Fun.
- Daniel Cook. The Chemistry of Game Design.
- Katie Salen & Eric Zimmerman. Rules of Play.
- Miguel Sicart. Against Procedurality.
- Bernie DeKoven. The Well-Played Game.
- David Kanaga. Music & Games as Shifting Possibility Spaces.
- Paolo Pedercini. Making Games in a Fucked Up World.
- Frans Osinga. Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd.
- Keith Johnstone. Impro.
All of these are highly recommended.
Update: the slides are now up on Speaker Deck.
Comedians kill themselves. Talk to 100 comedians this week, everybody knows somebody who killed themselves. I mean, we always say ignorance is bliss. Well, if so, what’s the opposite? Some form of misery. Being a comedian, 80 percent of the job is just you notice shit, which is a trait of schizophrenics too. You notice things people don’t notice.