Fun or Funny?

Oct. 18, 2010 by

Fun and funny. What’s the difference, how can you tell and why does it matter? The connection seems to lie right below the surface, but remains as quick as a fish and twice as slippery when you try to grab

Fun: Abridged

Oct. 15, 2010 by

Prior to my TEDx Boulder talk on “What makes a place fun?” CU Boulder profession, and scholar of the concept of “funny” asked me for a a quick answer to the question I posed in my talk title. Here’s the

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(Board) Games and Architecture

Oct. 4, 2010 by

.There is an ongoing interest in the idea of games and architecture. Usually this means videogames. And usually this means how buildings are designed in games. When you want to think more about the concept of games and the concept

What makes a place fun?

Sep. 23, 2010 by

Last month I have the privileged to speak before an audience of 1,400 people at TEDx Boulder. My topic was, “What makes a place fun?” Whether or not I answered that question, you can decide for yourself: This question of

Blogging Fun

Aug. 8, 2010 by

After wrapping up a fascinating time at TEDx Boulder, I am thinking it might be time to re-yoke myself to the blogging plow. From those that saw my little speech on “What makes a place fun?” you know that I

Computing Comes to the Surface

Apr. 15, 2010 by

The most interesting technology surprises. The iPad surprised me. Hold it in your hands and it is just a big iPod. Neat, flashy. A wonderful gizmo. But just that, a gizmo. The surprising thing happens when you lie the device

GDC Day 3: Seriously, they Have Games Here

GDC Day 3: Seriously, they Have Games Here

Mar. 12, 2010 by

If you go to swimming pool convention, do you go swimming? My guess is that you just stand around with a bunch of balding men with deep tans and talk about filters. But I really don’t know. At GDC, the

GDC Parties

GDC Parties

Mar. 12, 2010 by

Do you want to know what the best part of a GDC party is? You are not there. If you were there then you’d just be standing around, talking to the three or four people you might know. You’d be

GDC Day 2: Super Ball!

GDC Day 2: Super Ball!

Mar. 11, 2010 by

Any culture that gives you hard candy to listen to someone tell you about software has lost track of something. What, I’m not sure. But wandering the stiff wonderland that is the GDC Expo, you pretty much expect that if

GDC Day 1: Your Monitor is Lame

GDC Day 1: Your Monitor is Lame

Mar. 11, 2010 by

I’m an individual, just like everyone else. Not so long ago, the appellation “gamer” meant you were a part of something special. The blessed. The ones that got it. Being a gamer was more about not being one of the