Saturday, March 18, 2006

Online gamers who lack the time and patience to work their way up to the higher levels of gamedom are willing to pay the young Chinese to play the early rounds for them. These "gold farmers" work every day, in 12-hour shifts, playing computer games to harvest gold coins and other virtual goods that can be transformed into real cash.

Players around the world can trade the virtual currency to other players, who can use it to buy better armor, amulets, magic spells and other accoutrements to climb to higher levels or create more powerful characters.

Ge Jin, a PhD student from UCSD, is working on a video documentary about the gold farming phenomenon. His observations from his meetings with Chinese workers in various gold farming workshops:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ho5Yxe6UVv4

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I don't think any of us can do much about the rapid growth of new technology. However, it is possible for us to learn how to control our own uses of technology. The "forum" that I think is best suited for this is our educational system. If students get a sound education in the history, social effects and psychological biases of technology, they may grow to be adults who use technology rather than be used by it.
-Neil Postman



http://www.bigbrother.net/~mugwump/Postman/

Audio:
http://www.rememberingneilpostman.com/sound/postman.mp3
http://www.rememberingneilpostman.com/sound/postman2.mp3

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Viewed as a projection, the video game really has no beginning or end but feeds us an infinite amount of parading soldiers marching down the screen. Rather than using a traditional controller to play, French has fashioned an absurd, yellow cartoon-like hand with built in sensors that responds to the participant's gesture of hitting or smashing it. What appears on the screen is a giant god-like hand (with the audio to match) obliterating the soldiers in mass only to be replaced by countless more men.

http://www.sixspace.com/gallery/french2006/pressrelease.php
ATTENTION:
MEDIA ARTS STUDENTS

MEETING TO TALK (with matt kenyon)
ABOUT “ 24 HOUR REVIEW”

THIS FRIDAY AT 12:00

BRING ALL OF YOUR WORK FROM
INTRO/FOUNDATIONS CLASSES!




PIZZA AND ANSWERS WILL BE PROVIDED!
Matt Frieburhaus:
http://www.mfhaus.com/

Tuesday, January 31, 2006





http://www.paikstudios.com/index.html

Sunday, January 22, 2006

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