Archive for the ‘web’ Category

The Silent Revolution: Internet
February 27, 2007

Anthropologist Michael Wesch made a great video with effective educational purposes to those who aren’t familiar with the concept of the web 2.0. This video is a very inspiring piece that gives a grasp of what is the real potential of the Internet and how it is changing our lives.

It’s quite probable that very few people imagined this global transformation through the use of interconnected computers just 10 years ago. A friend of mine mailed me this interesting TV report from 1993 about this thing called “The Internet”.

Finally, with a more commercial approach there’s this Cisco TV spot about the human network.

An old phrase said that “the world is made of stories, not atoms.” Well, please allow me to paraphrase this by saying “the web is made of people, not computers.”

New Blog, New Project
February 23, 2007

After achieving 50,000 visits in almost a year and a half, I’ve decided it was time for this blog to grow up a little bit and have a new face. As you may have noticed in the header, this blog is now titled Games Are Art 2.0.

We all know the expression 2.0 has a special meaning: It no longer means a new version of a software application, but also a way to describe the digital collaboration that is transforming the Web.

And this has to do with the fact that I’m very interested to start blogging intensely again, not only about games, but also about what’s going on with digital technology and the world wild web. The evolution of this blog has also to do with my personal growth as an interactive designer: I began this 2007 with a new project in hands that it’s not directly related to the game industry, but has a lot to do in making our life more playful.

So thanks for tuning in and please update your RSS feeds if you’re still suscribed to the old one.

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Collective Art
January 26, 2006

Post A Secret is an interesting blog that works as a collective art project where people share a secret anonymously. There’s an argentinean version of this concept, but quite much more simplified and fascinating to read: TuSecreto.com.ar [spanish language, it means “YourSecret.com.ar”] which is the same idea but in the form of a public forum where anyone can submit their secret. And the interesting thing is that people share tiny little thoughts or things they do in their everyday life (and not morbid thoughts as you may expect from something like this).

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Art throughout its history went from simple representation, to simbolization and ended up -as post-modernism shows us- in pure abstraction. Abstraction, is the last stage in the formation of the mind and psychology of an individual. So, what comes next for art? What comes next for modernism? I dare to say: the end of individualism.

The path of individual creators seems to be reaching an end at least on what regards the traditional arts. And the internet, as a powerful distribution model with creative technologies available for anyone, is leading towards collective forms of creation. Where the individual follows a guiding theme and offer what they have to say in that context. Remodelling the form of literature as just an individual act of creation. The websites I’ve mentioned, are the simplistic form of a new type of literature or art that shall mature in the upcoming years.

Games, for instance, are the perfect medium for collective creation (or expression). Whether its collaborating or competing, multiplayer worlds are offering each time more spaces for individuals to be creators of the elements those worlds have to offer. And the virtual world, from the viewpoint of reality: Is the product of a collective creational act.

The internet is pure revolution, because is leading towards a natural collectivization that for the first time is not at the expense of the individual, but by his own will.

Updates
August 4, 2005

Well, the site is now working and a community must be built. It won’t be easy, but I believe that there is plenty of people out there who strongly believe Games Are Art, so I hope the site can grow as it should.A new article –Are Videogames Art?– from Chi Kong Lui has been added.Also in the Art Games section you’ll find Samorost to play on the web, go check it out. And talking on bizarre gaming, a friend recommended me an interesting psychological game that literally divides your mind in two: Twinoo. Just as a note for the future: Every time I’ll post something here, I will try to recommend an web game for you to play!Enjoy! Smile