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Let me tell you a little story about innovation and creativity. Years ago, I worked on a wiki-based project to find the first instance of ideas/techniques in video games (like the first game to use cameras as weapons, or the first game to have stealth as a play element). It excited me to dig to give credit to those who laid the foundations of ideas that we now take for granted. I couldn’t wait to show the world how creative and innovative these unknown game designers/developers were.
I went into it with much passion and excitement, but unexpectedly, it turned out that there were almost no “firsts”. Every time someone put up a game that was the first to do/contain something, there was another earlier game put up to replace it with a SLIGHTLY less sophisticated, or SLIGHTLY different version of the same thing. The gradient was so smooth and constant that eventually, the element we were focusing on lost meaning. It became an unremarkable point to address at all. We ended up constantly overwriting people’s work with smaller, less passionate articles, containing a bunch of crappy games that only technically were the first to do something in the crudest manner. Sometimes only aesthetically.
After a lot of time sunk into this project, I came to the conclusion that I was mistaken about innovation/creativity. It would have been a better project to track the path of ideas/techniques than to try to find the first instance of an idea/technique. I held innovation so highly for years before that, but after this project, I saw just how small it was. How it was but a tiny extension of the thoughts of millions before it. A tiny mutation of a microscopic speck that laid on top of a mountain. It was a valuable experience that helped me very much creatively.
Dave Freeman, a game designer, friend, and former coworker (via adiscourseongaming)
absolutely beautiful and valuable observation here
really interesting. “ I came to the conclusion that I was mistaken about innovation/creativity. It would have been a better project to track the path of ideas/techniques than to try to find the first instance of an idea/technique.”
(via johndarnielle)A Discourse on Gaming
…me and my boys ate our crap sandwiches and talked about the X-Men—this was back when the X-Men still made some kind of sense—and even if we didn’t want to admit it…
Junot Diaz, "Nilda"
baller use of em dashes, Junot.
might be too soon to know, but will you be at Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City again in the spring?your-covers-blown
gonna go with 87% likely. or…wait. what’s the percent possibility of rain in Magnolia? 82? we’ll go with that, for symbolism sake.
And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.Junot Diaz, “The Sun, the Moon, the Stars”
from BEAUTY WAS THE CASE THAT THEY GAVE ME by Mark Leidner
“I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde said in an interview with VH1. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’” (via A National Geographic Photo Inspired Pop Star Lorde to Write Her Hit “Royals” – News Watch)