Saturday, December 8, 2007
How Video Games Are Like Blogs
My sons and I like to play Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo's Game Cube. Through an avatar, you engage in hand-to-hand combat and hurl bombs, fire and other artilery and magic at your opponent. You have powers inherent to your selected character and you bring your unique personality to the fight via how you move and the weapons you choose to use. Each participant is a collaboration of man and machine. When I play sports with my sons, I am getting all "man." When I engage with them on video games, I get an experience of them filtered through the game. It is not as complete of a picture. This is similar to blogs. A discussion carried out via the filtration system of text and HTML is different than one carried out in person, with all the senses engaged.