A few hours ago, I twittered about Denis Dyack’s Develop talk on how narrative is going to overtake gameplay in importance:
Harvey Smith responded to my tweet, challenging me on defining everything as either a game or a movie. Then Clint Hocking jumped in. Followed by Rob Fermier. Then Brenda Brathwaite suggested we start using the #gamedesign tag. (I had just started using #dyackrant, but too late…) Then Ian Bogost. And David Jaffe. And Damion Schubert. Even John Romero made an apperance. It felt like a virtual post-GDC Fairmont chat. The discussion is now spiraling out to larger and larger circles – just search for “#gamedesign” – and I’m not sure how long it will carry forward but it was an interesting experience. Twitter is quite poor at helping outside readers understand the context of most tweets, but as a pure social activity for members of the discussion, it is currently unrivalled on the Net.