Notes from Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, and New York. That’s more than enough travel for one month.
In lieu of any deep and well-thought-out observations, here are some random impressions from the conference.
The people responsible for Tiny Kitten Teeth have started a project in which they create 151 Pokémon-like creatures over the next year.
It’s kind of surprising and depressing that people are still obsessing over the question of whether or not games are art — or rather, whether they’re ART. But one GDC session gave me hope that it’s possible to have a more interesting discussion about all this mess.
Is there a subculture out there that’s more defensive and quick to anger than the gaming community?
The film Hero is mostly about swordplay, true love, and imperialism. But it’s also a work of art, one that references other arts while telling its story.
Nauman’s video loops and neon signs flashed and shouted at me just as loudly as any DDR machine could, and sucked me into their hypnotic, repetitive patterns until I was completely in sync with the patterns on the screen.