Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nonsense And Stuff

Scribblenauts is one of the silliest games I've ever played, and I mean that in the very best way. I've summoned catapults and submarines and trampolines and rockets and dinosaurs, and that's barely even scratching the surface. It is a wonderfully imaginative game, and Eli 8.1 enjoys it every bit as much as I do.

Yes, it can get fidgety at times, trying to do big things on a small screen. But that in no way reduces the brilliance of what's being done in this game, which is to provide you with an unlimited portal into your imagination.

This is also one of those rare games that will be fun to play forever. Twenty years from now, it will be as funny and fresh as it is today. Like I've said so many times that you're probably tired of hearing it, great games create stories, and Scribblenauts will create a million stories.

Jonna Higgins-Freese sent me a link to a very worthy cause, and here's a description:
Microsoft has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network to provide three Children’s Miracle Network pediatric hospitals an Ultimate Gameroom experience.

That's an awesome idea, and you can participate by voting for the children's hospital of your choice. If you don't have a preference, you can vote for Jonna's local hospital, which is the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Yes, you need to create a "voting account," but it only takes a minute. That's less time than the guy in the cubicle across from you spends scratching his ass every day.

Matt Sakey's Culture Clash column (usually featured much more prominently, but pushed down today by silliness and charity), has a new installment titled Being There: Juggling Immersion And Interactivity.

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