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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-01

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  • Went for a walk in an attempt to clear my head and improve efficiency. In this regard it succeeded. But back has now locked up. Pain… #
  • For them as like small balls of squawking fluff, see this new site that we built and sent live yesterday for a client: http://bit.ly/SE8bb #
  • This heat is really doing for me… can't work. Reduced to watching the tennis. And lunch – I'm 'aving 'oops. #
  • FINALLY at 9pmish it's getting cool enough to start work for the day… writing up the notes from yesterday's marketing session. #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-30

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  • Calm before the – well, not the storm, but the busy period. Got a half-day marketing training session here at our home office. Wish us luck. #
  • Emerged unscathed from seminar, plenty of ideas, but now hungry and a bit raw. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-29

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  • For a day that started so dismally, it seems to be picking up as it goes along. #
  • http://twitpic.com/8r2kb – The Spitfire goes in for repair next week – will be so good to have it running again! #
  • Andy Murray getting murdered out there… #thecuckooclock #

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Perplex City in context: pervasive games as a genre

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Just a quick note to anyone who remembers the end of Perplex City and my role in it.

A while back I was contacted by some researchers in Finland and Sweden who were working on a book about what they dubbed ‘pervasive games’ – ARGs and suchlike.

I agreed to let them use some of my photos from the climax of PXC, and I’ve just had an email from them to say the book’s now out. With photos, apparently.

You can read about it here – sounds interesting. Here’s one of the supporting quotes they’ve gathered for the marketing blurb:

“This book is the definitive guide to the past, present, and future of stories and games that jump out of their cages and into your real life. Whether it’s characters that call you on the phone or game play that happens on the bus on your way to work, this kind of immersive entertainment will define the culture of the next century as surely as the movies dominated the last one.” – Sean Stewart, Chief Creative, Fourth Wall Studios, and author of the cross-media international bestseller, Cathy’s Book

I don’t know if that’s true or not – it takes so much work, time and money to set up a game like PXC, the Beast or the one Nine Inch Nails ran for their fans, and that leaves me not at all convinced they’ll ever go mainstream.

If there isn’t a viable economic model for this sort of game – and if there is I can’t see it – then the best they’ll ever be is a marketing exercise or an underground fan-run experience. Never a dominant form of mass culture.

But that’s OK – they can be our little secret.

Like the best geocaches (by which I mean the cunning and the sneaky and the not-for-children ones), a good ARG, or pervasive game, or piece of chaotic fiction, or whatever you want to call it, is inherently subversive.

The day an ARG clue is buried in a McDonald’s tray insert, as I seem to recall Mind Candy hoped to do as part of its now-abandoned model for developing future seasons of Perplex City, is the day these games stop being worth playing for the people who enjoy them now.

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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-27

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  • feels rough. #
  • is looking back fondly to the days several years ago when weekends last weren't working days too. #
  • More shaky arms after garden strimming. Poor tortoises – all the clumps of long grass they were used to hiding in have suddenly disappeared. #
  • Can't believe how many idiots failed to put their own web address in their Tweetboard Alpha request instead of http://ReplaceWithYourURL.com #
  • Has once again lost his nerve and chickened out of going to a social thing. Sorry Spike – hope that thunder I can hear isn't over your BBQ. #
  • Should clarify. Not scared of thunder, but of gatherings of people. See, this is why I preferred Second Life. #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-26

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  • Gah. Head hurts, back hurts, feel very woolly-headed. Supposed to be having a biz dev away-day today but the word is thunder and bad roads. #
  • BBC NEWS: Web slows after Jackson's death http://bit.ly/hQD2M [I hope you're all pleased with yourself - you broke teh interwebs.] #
  • Off the mark quickly: http://www.ismichaeljacksonstillalive.com/ (via PL on Facebook.) #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-25

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  • Another day very much like other days before and yet to come. So please feel free to insert your own witty comment here: [ ] #
  • Had good business dev day looking into pricing etc in prep for marketing consultation (note, will block all Twitter marketers, don't try it) #
  • is deeply amused to find the Lib Dems' new acting chief exec replacing Chris Rennard is Chris Fox. Who's next – Basil Brush? #
  • New La Roux album reviewed in Guardian http://bit.ly/148ks3: "Sounds like an album produced by Jet Set Willy and engineered by Juliet Bravo" #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-24

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  • So difficult to focus today. Working from home is great but on days where your brain is fuzzy there's nothing to force it back into shape. #
  • Frantic few minutes updating our motorsport site & @britsonpole after Max Mosley announced he won't restand as FIA boss http://bit.ly/19MXEw #
  • has taken off his web onliney hat off and replaced it with his print designer hat. #
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Twitter Updates for 2009-06-23

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  • In foul mood today after heavy working weekend. Have vented by being rude/angry to two cold-call salesmen. One asked for it, one didn't :o ( #
  • Good stuff from MySociety on the Govt and what it fails to understand about the web: http://bit.ly/iIkg9 Should be compulsory reading. #
  • Right. I might just feel ready to face the day now. Anything interesting going on? #
  • Adaptive CSS-Layouts: New Era In Fluid Layouts? | Smashing Magazine http://bit.ly/1btmOD [Scary amount to take in here, but all good stuff] #
  • Marvelling at idiocy of a Twitter user flogging sales leads who thinks my rant earlier about cold-calling salesmen is a reason to follow me #