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Gaming Satisfaction December 16, 2010

Posted by Jason in Uncategorized.
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Why can you feel satisfied after ten minutes of looking at The School of Athens, when it takes you 20 hours to feel satisfied with GTA IV or 200 hours to appreciate WOW? What does this have to say about the nature of games? The comments section for this one is particularly good.

Contrast that piece with this New Yorker profile of Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and the like. The piece is obviously written by an old, clueless non-gamer, and even after you account for the briefing he has to give to the uninitiated, the story is obese. It has its pockets of flavor, but you can imagine the scene- writer gets nothing out of interview with Japanese demigod, decides to cover his tracks with drawl.

I suspect that the higher-ups in the New Yorker knew better, but someone prevailed on them to make this an idiot-proof introduction to video games. It reminds me of that passage in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, where the narrator claims that they get the man with the least-organized mind in the assembly line to write the repair manual.

Credit: Julia

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