Posts made in August, 2013

Active Design Podcast Episode 009: Ken Levine Part 2

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Active Design, Media, Narrative, Technology, Video Games | 3 comments

Active Design Podcast Episode 009: Ken Levine Part 2

http://media.blubrry.com/the_inevitable/p/pcast.andrewpmayer.com/Podcasts/ActiveDesign009-KenLevine.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS We’re back with the second half of my interview with Ken Levine. This week we go deep and discuss the relationship between interactive media and storytelling by way of games, movies, books, and every other media we can think of. Warning: BIOSHOCK SPOILERS in the back half. [audio¬†http://pcast.andrewpmayer.com/Podcasts/ActiveDesign009-KenLevine.mp3¬†]     SHOW NOTES INTRO 1:45 Games are getting more...

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Playing With Emotions: It’s Never “Just” a Game

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Active Design, Featured, Featured Articles, Newsletter, Video Games | 0 comments

Playing With Emotions: It’s Never “Just” a Game

It was only a few years after I’d started in the game industry that I made something that was almost entirely *not* a game. It was called Dogz, and it was something different: a virtual pet that lived on your desktop and that you could train. It grew a pixel a day, it ran away if you didn’t feed it, and it had an artificial brain that could learn some tricks (and forget others) if you gave it treats. It looked like a game: there were buttons, and toys, and things to do with it, but that wasn’t the *point*. It was about emotions and connection. That’s what turned...

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The New Analytics: Big Data and The Red Pill

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Active Design, Data | 0 comments

The New Analytics: Big Data and The Red Pill

Last week saw a huge victory for Big Data and analytics. If you’re not the kind of person who follows news about the news you may have missed the most metaphorical story of them all: Nate Silver, America’s premiere statistician (and all around Big Data rockstar) has left the New York Times Silver has abandoned the Gray Lady for the Magic Kingdom, taking his curious bag of numbers and heading off for the Disney empire. The fact that the journey of a statistician could ignite a frenzy on the web should open the eyes of anyone who still thinks “big data” and metrics...

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