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Mon, Oct. 30th, 2006, 09:28 am
Hello From Serious Games

So, here I am at the Serious Games Summit in DC, still a little fried from getting up super early, but for a Henry Jenkins talk, it’s totally worth it. (My roommate did decide that we had to get up at 6:30 for an 8:30 talk, but that’s a different story. Tomorrow I’m sleeping in!)

He’s talking about his new book, Convergence Culture, which has just moved to the top of my reading list; I could summarize some of the ideas, but I think I’ll wait until I read the book instead of getting the thirty-minute-talk version. (This is especially true because he’s said a few things that I’m not sure I agree with, so I want to get an idea of the theory and/or research that he’s grounding his concepts in.) He also mentioned that Scot Osterweil - the guy who gave me my start in the game industry, and one of my big heroes - is working for him these days, which has more or less made my day. It sounds like they’ve got a lot of new and interesting projects going on there, so I have to figure out how to get more involved. You know, in all my spare time.

Oh, boy. People have already started talking about Second Life as OMG THE BEST THING EVAR!!! Go Henry for pointing out that it’s just a platform for people to create different activities, some of which are really interesting and some of which are, well, not. (Ethan Zuckerman’s got an awesome post about the problems with some of the social activism stuff that’s going on in Second Life; I’ll see if I can dig it up at some point.)

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever live-blogged a conference before. We’ll see how long my batteries (and ability to multi-task!) hold out.