If you watch this Jesse Schell‘s DICE presentation, who is a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University and an ex-Disney imagineer, it seems to me that his version of future is a bit way over his head, in my opinion. His imagination immediately intrudes into privacy. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s about the impact of games on our lives from the examples of Facebook , Guitar Hero, Farmville and all, and what the future would be like with sensors everywhere and our lives are all about scoring points as you brush your teeth, walk to school, and so on.
I have to give credit to his point about the academic grading philosophy is somewhat terrible (you know, the A, B, C, F, etc.) and when a teacher from a real example had replaced the scoring system with experience points (EP) and students could improve their ranks or levels at school based on those points, suddenly attendance and performance improved significantly.
But honestly, I don’t want to play a game in which brushing my teeth gives me points?! Or having sensors all over my movements. The reason why people play game is to project or extend a certain part of themselves into the game while escaping from reality for a while. But not take the whole game into your lives. That’s ridiculous. In the former, the creative process happens even without you noticing. In the latter, the creative process is taken away. No fun. People want to play a little in their lives but not gamble with them.
Ever wonder why in most cases reading a book is better than watching the movie version of the book? For the exact same reason – the former involves more creative process inside your brain. By reading the words, your mind starts to picture what it would look like and sound like in the actual conditions. That’s fulfilling. Unlike the movie that has done most of the creative process for you.
A special note at 17:16: he mentioned that technology normally diverges and only converges when it fits inside your pocket with the example of iPhone and Swiss-army knife. But everyone hates iPad because it’s ridiculously big and it is stupid to have a convergence that doesn’t fit inside your pocket? Well, it reached 1millions units sold faster than even iPhone.