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These are merely the art—the images and stories—via which the game mediates be- tween what is within its own purely algorithmic line and S what is a less-than-perfect topology inside which the R gamer lives.

Gamer Theory by McKenzie Wark

The topics start to connect. This week it might be as the Alliance vs. When you are a gamer, you are left with nothing to believe in but your own God-given gsmer. What the digital has always wanted—to be the form of all forms—has come to pass. Yet at the same time it offers the digital in its purest form, where the transfor- mation of analog into digital is always consistent, repeat- able—in a word, fair. Sisyphus, the Analog Prince, labors to roll up everything in this world- made-over under the mark of the digital and offer it up for appraisal.

There are no precious minerals. Perhaps it was for revealing the designs of the Gods to mortals. Having been squeezed more and more to the margin of both space and time, rather than disappearing, indifference threatens to become total, pervasive, immanent.


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Making Audio and Oral Meanings Chapter Where the hacker often resists, the gamer is the ultimate collaborator, the quintessential operative of global capital unbound. Edward Lear is an apt character mmckenzie think about at Christmas-time.

Where the analog temporalized space, now the digital spatializes time.

Aesthetic play tried again and again to break out of its heterotopia, to take the derangement of the senses into the streets, and again and again it failed. The challenge is—ah, but even to phrase it thus is to acknowledge the game—to play at play itself, but form within the game.

Sure, there may be vivid 3D graphics. The Prince is what the Prince has achieved—a level, a number, and nothing but. May 21, Steen Ledet rated it really liked it. All of space is within the law.

Benjamin is working eight hours, six ttheory a week. Civil disorder comes from below, while revolutions R L V: Here is a new world.

The era of the great openly de- clared villains is over. The digital has not yet prevailed. Rather than the rolling of the ball being entirely useless, now it is en- tirely purposeful. Time, like space, no longer harbors indif- ference. But that’s a fluke. Literacies on a Human Scale Chapter 2: Move over to cultural studies, or visual rhetoric, or media theory and you get to hang out at the cool kids table at interdisciplinary conferences, and while you’ll lose the respect of your dissertation advisor, and any hope of tenure, at least you’re studying things people actually read and know about.


Sid Meier, known as a voracious reader, turns history and anthropology books into strat- egy games. Thank you if you do L V: The space itself, rather than the gamer who crosses it, is already atopian.

Gamer Theory

Seen from the point of view theogy topology, with its dense databases and navigating tools, the topical world with its loosely con- nected topics was a world of limited data and few possibili- ties. Literacies as Multimodal Designs for Meaning Chapter 9: An algorithm calculates the outcome of each movement.

Without the digi- tal, play yields no score. There are lines for planning, managing, measuring.

The relentless working out of the algorithm leaves behind a carnage of signs, im- mckdnzie in the transformation of one value into another. Topographic times inscribe stories of grand di- rectors of strategy. As telesthesia develops, from telegraph to telephone to television to tele- communications, topographic space deepens and hardens but always with gaps and exclusions.