You’re going to have people saying, “What, plants know when I’m chewing on them? I’m not going to chew them anymore. I’ve got nothing left to eat!
Anyway, I was forced to do away with democracy roughly a thousand years ago because it was endangering my empire.
A fantastic report on a game of Civilization II that has been running for 10 years. I agree with Nicolas in that these kinds of reports are rare, and the concept of long play is an interesting one to explore further.
This coming November, you may be one of the millions who will purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Before you start fantasizing about a Los Angeles under drone attack and the undercover soldiers who will save us all, you may want to think about the horrifying history of undercover operations and the actuality of drone wars today.
This idea of labour being hidden in things, and the value of things arising from the labour congealed inside them, is an unexpectedly powerful explanatory tool in the digital world. … When you start looking for this mechanism at work in the contemporary world you see it everywhere, often in the form of surplus value being created by you, the customer or client of a company. Online check-in and bag drop at airports, for example.
This reminds me a lot of Tesler’s Law which states that the complexity inherent in a system is constant and can only be shifted from product to user or back.
retro ’80s graphics are sentimental fluff for modern adults who grew up in front of 1980s game-console machines. Eight-bit graphics are pretty easy to carve out of styrofoam. There’s a low barrier-to-entry in making sculpture from 8-bit, so that you can “rupture the interface between the digital and the physical.” However 8-bit sculptures are a cute, backward-looking rupture.
Which is also what I find so tiresome about much of indie game aesthetics today.
I deeply respect American sentimentality, the way one respects a wounded hippo. You must keep an eye on it, for you know it is deadly.
Maybe we’ve been so busy breaking the 20th century recording industry’s machinery that we’ve forgotten to invent truly new, 21st-century music.
Been reading up on this fascinating project by Matt Brown. Short bits of music that fit together randomly and are thus suited to playing on shuffle mode.
In the end, the question I lodge against Homeless Hotspots and eVolo’s skyscaper pr0n is the same — is, in fact, the same I ask of all provocations, prototypes and “design fictions”: what specific, historical spaces, relations and experiences are they foreseeably likely to bring into being, for people and nonhuman participants both?
Some on-the-spot critique of Homeless Hotspots from Adam in these Urbanscale weeknotes.
Je mist meer dan je meemaakt, helemaal niet erg.
Quote from a Dutch author Martin Bril which roughly translates as: “You miss more than you experience, nothing to worry about.” Pointed to by Alper while discussing that well-known feeling while attending large conferences with Niels, who had just gotten back from GDC.
Against frequent efforts to dismiss objects as fantasies assembled by humans from a pre-given surface of experienced contents, I contend that reality is object-oriented. Reality is made up of nothing but substances — and they are weird substances with a taste of the uncanny about them, rather than stiff blocks of simplistic physical matter.