Montageman: A dude who writes

February 12, 2007

On GAM3R 7H3ORY (part 1)

Filed under: affect, boredom — montageman @ 6:39 pm

McKenzie Wark’s brilliant GAM3R 7H3ORY is a critique on gaming unlike anything I’ve seen.  The section on boredom is especially intriguing.  I think that there is something incredibly interesting going on here (in the boredom section).  The idea that surplus (of time, of money, of space) is essential for survival.  Moreover, conscious choices are made to fill that surplus of time with videogames, movies, books, the web, etc.  Oddly, we become bored with these escapes as well.  Prior to the boredom, however, there is genuine interest.  An interest that is always waning.  One minute we love to play, the next we despise it, but twenty minutes later we love it again.  The continuum of interest is touchy indeed.

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