Grounded in Structure versus Fictional Veracity

This morning I did the usual very brief scan of the headlines of both local and remote media. This exercise makes me long for the days when radio waves were less used and the internet was something my mother did not know anything about while I was using it to arrange my affairs. On a side note, do recall that I like the word affair. So, let us get back to the bit of public affairs that got me in a bad mood after a delightful morning at the keyboard composing the challenges of my latest love, the character in a novel. It is this gem in the New York Times on the new war between science versus religion.

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Oh Games!

Twitter and Jaiku early in the morning do have their appeal as a set of disjointed headlines broadcast directly by people whom I am interested in. Joi Ito is at GDC and I went and looked at the site briefly while in the process of starting my day with distractions. I found one item worthy of note about Warren Spector’s presentation. If nothing else, it brings together for me the world of storytelling and games, and as far as I am concerned this has more potential than plain linear canned entertainment can bring you. We – that is, humans – do learn by play. Yes, yes, that is indeed how we learn best, while playing, forget this serious crap stuff… it is all about play.

Why am I interested in this? My interest in the internet was rekindled years ago when I found myself living with a geek-on-games. Given that this one geek was conceived and raised by me, and I can claim responsibility for teaching him how to change motherboards and dealing with PC hardware along with other traumata that a mother imprints on her child including having taught him how to play chess while he was in kindergarden, his interest and passion for games has challenged me ever since. If that was not enough, I am a storyteller, and I do have a deep passion for anything to do with storytelling and view it as a most valuable heritage and vehicle of culture transmission. I am very pleased to be in such grand company as Luc Besson, another addict of the storytelling meme