SMF - Just Installed!
Started by droqen, September 22, 2021, 06:39:12 AM
Quote from: p.61-62Given a choice between "having fun" and doing just about anything else, the responsible actor would choose the anything else. On the other hand, we are obsessed with imbuing [the anything else] with fun.[..]We want it both ways: to reject fun as distraction, as vice, as sloth, as insignificace, and yet also to embrace fun as a universal motivator to action.[..]We think games are powerful because they deliver fun, and we think we want fun in everything [..] Except, we're also terrified of games, which we see as compulsive and prurient wastes of time.
Quote from: p.62-63Over time, "I love you" only means anything when it's withheld[..]"Did you have fun?" is mostly a courtesy. "Yeah, we had a good time."[..]"This is a fun game" is akin to saying, "That was a good book." It's a generic, empty signifier[..]
Quote from: p.71After ten hours on the transpacific flight [..] the realization sets in: another four hours left in this aluminum prison. Here, where tolerance gives way to panic, the real work of confronting boredom sets in.
QuoteOnce the familiarity of something ordinary is finally, totally, utterly spent, then the novelty of facing it anew can finally start.
QuoteTo understand a medium like electric light or television or the Internet, it's necessary not only to understand that medium's properties (the figure) but also the contexts in which those properties become prominent (the ground)
Quotethe goal of a successful medium is not to remain figure [..] figure is a curiosity, while ground is the mainstream. A mature, powerful medium shifts from novel, new-fangled figure into unseen, contextualizing ground.
QuoteThe ball and the clubs and the rules of the game[..] the fairways and roughs and greens[..] The golfer's own strength, experience, adeptness, and tactical wherewithal[..] other material conditions that might intersect with the game: the weather, such as the effects of heat on the golfer's stamina or the effects of a prior rain on the ball's ability to rebound from a bounce on the fairway; the time of day and week, and its impact on the crowds on the greens;[..] familiarity[..] novelty[..] the languor or pressure of a particular foursome[..]
QuoteA supposedly inferior experience, like the novice golfer at [a difficult course like] Pebble Beach, is only terrible if we are so selfish as to see our performance as central to the encounter with a sublime place like Pebble Beach.
Quote from: p116My daughter's game isn't a distraction from errands, nor is it a mechanism to make errands possible. Instead, it'san activity made out of errands and other things too, like legs and ceramic tiles,in the same way golf is[an activity] made out of grass and sand and rubber and wood--and leisure and wealth and zoning.A playground.
Quote from: p117Instead of calling everything a game, we should think of everything as playable: capable of being manipulated in an interesting and appealing way within the confines of its constraints.
Quote from: p199Play is impossible without restriction--not doing what you want, but determining what is possible to do given the meager resources provided.
Quote from: p199, againDiscovering, choosing, managing, and living with what's inside a particular playground--that's where fun, and where meaning, resides.
Quote from: p141more or less of something doesn't make it meaningful, valorous, injurious, or boring. Rather, the contents of a specific circumscription gives value, and how deliberately and seriously one treats the results.
Quote from: p142as our family grew larger in individual and absolute terms, we began to run out of space. Actually, that's not true. [..] to say we "ran out of space" is an ironic move, one that rejects the bungalow [our previous home] as insufficient or untrustworthy. In truth, something else happened: we made a conscious and deliberate effort to draw a new boundary for a dwelling.