Tag: Improbable Insights

Podcast: Games, Abstractions, and Players

As Game Developer Conference approaches, I began thinking about how games are made, and how players approach games differently. For example, I came across this description of a game being played: Imagine exploring space, colonizing planets, setting up trade routes. This game is so immersive, you feel like you really are setting up your own …

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Shared Universes And Fan Creativity

Star Wars. Star Trek. Mass Effect. The Elder Scrolls. Firefly. Lord of the Rings. What do these have in common? These are creative endeavors whose fans extend and enhance the original creations. Independent films, online video, game mods, cosplay are all creations of fans, and serve to extend and enhance the enjoyment of these shared …

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What It Means To Be An Early Adopter

Nathan Edwards, once an editor at Maximum PC, put up a tweet recently that almost read like a Zen koan: “*buys a thing* this is great, now i’ll be happy [six months later] all my things are making me sad *gets rid of things* i need new things” It’s possible Nathan was talking about consumerism …

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Welcome To Uncertainty

Welcome to the new home of the Improbable Insights podcast: Uncertainty Uncertainty also happens to be my new home on the web. I expect to post regular content updates. Those of you who’ve read my stuff in the past know I tend to focus on tech, photography, and bicycling. You should expect something different this …

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