Interesting reads

Russell busted me for not posting the books I promised many from the talk I gave at the Interesting2007 ‘happening’ he organised.

Jack, the lazy pulsar, even beat me to it.

I had in fact written it down, but only mailed it to Rebecca/Beeker, so here it is:

I probably didn’t mention all of them explicitly in the talk, but they’re definitely all forming the conceptual henge around it…

“We are boring”

Says John Riccitiello, the new CEO of Electronics Arts

“We’re boring people to death and making games that are harder and harder to play,”

The report by Om Malik goes onto say:

“EA and the video game industry at large has a massive problem: one that of attention. Video games are no longer the only game in town when it comes to digital entertainment. Riccitiello himself says the games are “at risk of being a little less interesting than Facebook and iPods and the next cool cellphone.”

I guess EA need to stop stripmining just one of the rhetorics (play as power), before the others are colonised…

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“Toys with system for the creators of tomorrow’s world”

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Vero Construc, originally uploaded by toxi.

Toxi found a manual for an East German construction toy:

‘This particular module contained a punch card/stripe reader to control lights and motors. A little nail to program it was supplied too.

The back cover is saying: “Toys with system for the creators of tomorrow’s world”‘

Fantastic.