Video games are dreams or memories experienced in real time. As I said before, virtual worlds cannot be experienced as fully as reality, and neither can dreams and memories. My memory of my childhood home is fragments. The memory isn’t a fully tangible reality that I can visit. This is the magic of memories, and it is the magic of video games. Perhaps, in a way, video games are a poetry to the prose of architecture. — Tyler Snell
Research actually suggest that playing games has a negative effect on our ability to feel emotions. Being engaged in a cognitive activity and being emotional share the same mental resources. Black box design is hindering our emotions to fully blossom. — Thomas Grip
If we’re going to talk about games on par with cinema and literature, this is the kind of cerebral experimentation we should be paying attention to. — Porpentine on Composition 37
I’ve never cried over a game preview, before. As much as it’s a horrible thing to say, I’m really glad that people are finally using the medium for what it could be. What all art should be. A highlight of something truly human. Thank you. — comment by RAmsey
buildings of Ghent, Belgium. in Lego =) (via STAM on facebook)
WASD - movement
Left Mouse Button - action
Right Mouse Button - cancel action
Games, the playing them or the making them—especially the tiny, individual games about personal experience that throbbed under this year’s conversation like moving water waking up underneath ice—games, games gave power to so many of us who had none. Who needed some.
It’s not a game that makes me feel powerful. It’s just a game that makes me feel understood.
Games can be about people sometimes, and not just the avatars that sometimes protect us from the pain of being people. — Leigh Alexander, Why I Cried At GDC
If Old Money is investing in season tickets to the symphony and writing checks to the Legion of Honor, New Money is buying ultra-limited-edition indie-rock LPs and contributing to art projects on IndieGoGo in exchange for early prints. And if the old conception of art and philanthropy was about, essentially, building a civilization — about funding institutions without expecting anything in return, simply because they present an inherent, sometimes ineffable, sometimes free market-defying value to society, present and future, because they help us understand ourselves and our world in a way that can occasionally transcend popular opinion— the new one is, for better or for worse, about voting with your dollars. — The Bacon-Wrapped Economy | Feature | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area News & Arts Coverage