Links for September 30, 2012

  • Reframing “UX Design” :
    ‘I propose that the profession of the UX Designer is analogous to the profession of the film director, coordinating across all those disciplines identified in the diagrams (and undoubtedly other activities).’

Links for September 29, 2012

  • Ask a Korean!: The Obligatory Gangnam Style Post
    ‘While the Korean is quite happy that PSY’s music is receiving international attention, he cannot believe the ridiculousness of the commentary surrounding this piece. In fact, reading the commentary regarding Gangnam Style was a good way of finding out who knows what he was talking about, and who is simply full of shit.’
  • Bawl so hard: Welcome to the Biggest LAN Video Gaming Party in North America –
    ‘The next morning the room was full of similarly bleary-eyed, disheveled, computer-toting young people. There were two lines: the one Chris and his friends were in — which was first-come-first-serve — and the Reserved line, for people who’d paid the extra $50 ahead of time. By lunchtime, both lines twisted back through the winding, Kubrickian hotel hallways and nobody seemed to be moving.’

Links for September 28, 2012

  • Cheers Oral History – GQ October 2012: Movies + TV: GQ
    ‘On the thirtieth anniversary of the show’s premiere, GQ sat down with just about everyone who made it and asked them about creating Sam and Diane, the birth of Norm!, Woody Harrelson’s one-night stands, and many other secrets of what became TV’s funniest guy show of all time.’

Links for September 24, 2012

Links for September 23, 2012

Links for September 22, 2012

  • Gamasutra – News – Why indie games make meaningful spectator sports
    “I focused on making the game very readable – like adding trails behind the players so that the motion becomes more clear,” he says. “I also tried to make the score more readable, and tried to keep the rules of the game very minimal and clear. I think it’s a game that someone watching for the first time understands pretty much right away.”

Exploratory Design for New User Interfaces.

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Game Design Conference here in San Francisco, on exploratory design for new user interfaces.

Links for September 17, 2012

  • Ecstasy of Order | A documentary about the search for the world’s greatest Tetris player.
    ‘One man made it his mission to find them. In an effort to legitimize Tetris as a pro sport, Tetris super-fan Robin Mihara summoned the greatest Tetris players from around the country to compete in Los Angeles at the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship.’
  • The xx – Coexist
  • Disruptions: Let Silicon Valley Eat … Ramen Noodles? –
    ‘You don’t have to spend much time in Silicon Valley to start hearing that the people don’t care about money. People here are just trying to make the world a better place. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists eat ramen noodles for dinner and drive old, clunky Hondas to work…. That’s what people here would like the world to think. Let’s be realistic, these start-ups aren’t nonprofit organizations.’
  • How Nerf Became the World’s Best Purveyor of Big Guns for Kids | Wired Design |
    ‘When Jablonski seeks inspiration for a new blaster, he doesn’t play videogames or watch movies like some of the other designers on his team. “I tend to look at mechanisms,” he says. “I had a salad spinner in here the other day. I thought that would be a cool kind of crank mechanism for something…. Once, when Jablonski was working on a small, pistol-shaped blaster, an image flashed into his head of the coin slots in a laundromat. When you load and cock the resulting blaster, it feels just like slamming a row of quarters into a washing machine.’

Links for September 16, 2012

Links for September 13, 2012

  • Image Atlas
    ‘Image Atlas investigates cultural differences and similarities by indexing top image results for given search terms across local engines throughout the world. Visitors can refine or expand their comparisons from the 57 countries currently available, and sort by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or alphabetical order.’
  • Gaming Made Me: Jean Grae | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
    “I looked at Complex Magazine, and the headline was, ‘South African Nerd Rapper’. I wrote back to them and said, ‘That has to be the funniest thing I’ve seen all day! What now makes me a nerd rapper? Are you serious?’ And then I was like, I guess it’s not “femcee” so… fuck it!”
  • A List Apart: Articles: Testing Websites in Game Console Browsers
    ‘Today’s three main consoles (Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s Wii) all have internet capabilities….
    Add in a vast array of handheld consoles with browsers—like Sony’s PSPs and Nintendo’s DS line—and we have 15 years of internet-enabled gaming devices of all sizes and shapes. Yet to date, we’ve talked about game console browsers very little.’
  • Google Europe Blog: For Sale: Alan Turing’s Monopoly
    ‘As a bonus, the set also includes a parchment replica of the hand-drawn Monopoly board on which Alan played against William Newman, the young son of his mathematical mentor Max — and unexpectedly lost.’