This is a great article about games that touches on a lot of topics: meaning, immersion, escapism, underemployment, the modern economy, and much more. One quote really stood out to me: “It is not always clear when gaming is the refuge of the trapped and when it is the trap.”
Link: Escape To Another World →
EXIT: The Game winning the Kennerspiel des Jahres award feels like an important milestone. I’ve been hoping for years the market would support tabletop games with single playthrough experiences. I hope this win inspires more designers to continue exploring similar formats.
Link: Exit: The Game →
I found this fascinating passage written a few hundred years ago, with concerns about singular “you” (instead of “thou”). Language changed, and now “you” is formally accepted as both singular and plural.
(I use singular “they” in rulebooks: it’s how many people speak, it’s gender neutral, and I believe it will keep gaining formal acceptance.)
Searching “female symbol” on iPhone shows the dangers of (a) preview images and (b) too hasty fact checking.
(The iPhone search result is probably the best theory for how this Washington Post Express cover could have happened.)
In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 125th birthday, here’s a quote from Gandalf I read yesterday. Happy Birthday, Professor!
While I love so much about the internet and connectivity, there’s a lot of truth in this.
Link: The End of Reflection →
I haven’t read every work of English literature, but I believe The Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest. It’s been too many years since I last read it. So here we go: “There was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”
Maria Popova shares the 7 most important life lessons things she’s learned by reading and writing for Brain Pickings. These two stood out to me:
- #4: Build pockets of stillness into your life.
- #7: Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.
Link: Life Lessons from Maria Popova →