At Schools, Playtime Is Over

RECESS is no longer child’s play. Schools around the country, concerned about bullying and arguments over the use of the equipment, are increasingly hiring “recess coaches” to oversee students’ free time. […] For children in past eras, participating in the culture of childhood was a socializing process. They learned to settle their own quarrels, to make and break their own rules, and to respect the rights of others. They learned…

Interactive Fiction Awesomeness I am Missing at PAX East, Part 2

  Allagash At the #pax Get Lamp screening and panel. Don Woods! Steve Meretzky! Infocom forever! http://twitpic.com/1b5yo2 1 minute ago from Echofon Reply Retweet   DenisMoskowitz GET LAMP was pretty fascinating. Now watching impessive IF panel. Meretzky is hilarious. 4 minutes ago from Twitterrific Reply Retweet   Gingko1 RT @potteryfanatic: Grayshott Pottery Small Conical Lamp Base; Hand Painted Light Blue …: Get the Grayshott Pottery Small Conical La… http://bit.ly/a5jzHa 5…

The Game Fiction Dilemma: Knights of the Old Republic vs The Sands of Time – Expressive processing

What drives players to spend forty, eighty, or more hours with a computer RPG? If we look only at the quest journal, where the operations of quest flag logics are exposed to the player, the appearance is of a massive indulgence in the pleasures of the to-do list. And certainly there is some of that. But, more centrally, KotOR is constantly providing doses of narrative closure and transition — from…

It's never too late to start proofreading.

Today’s schadenfreude comes from WSVN. Several people had the chance to catch this error. It’s not any one employee’s fault, but the school’s reputation won’t exactly be helped.  Further, the school missed the opportunity to make the experience into a teachable moment, and instead apparently chose to make no comment.  (It’s never too late, FCC leaders!)