Look at this video game. It's a great motivator to keep your monitor spotlessly clean -- go on, get your chemical-impregnated microfiber cloth and give it a wipedown right now -- but is it actually fun? I contend not.
Next week on PopSci.com we investigate, adumbrate, and celebrate the Future of Fun, including a tour of modern playgrounds, an online arcade of the most innovative games you can play in your browser, and yes, the contention that fun is becoming more and more quotidian and effortful as it gets repurposed for dubious utilitarian ends.
(After playing for an hour, my score is now averaging under 3 seconds on Where's the Pixel -- can you beat that?)
See you next week.
The only way the future will be more "fun" is if our society shifts the "measure of success" from economic wealth to creating leisure time for the masses.
What good is technology and "advancement" if humanity pays an increasing cost of time and attention away from what we want (fun) to what we have to do (work) in order to earn it?
I hope the coming decades lead to man rediscovering the bounty of nature and that technology will free us from our cages (cars and cubicles) to let us reconnect with our community and our world.
if you've got a mac, hold control, option, command, and 8, and finding the pixel should be much easier.
why learn from your own mistakes, when you could learn from the mistakes of others?
“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible” -Albert Ein
after you hit option command 8 you may have to use option command = or shift option command = in order to acually zoom in
if you mouse has a scroll ball or if two finger multi-touch scrolling is enabled, you can hold down the control key and scroll up to zoom in
the "pixel" is actually four pixels, there is a small shadow
I foudn the pixel. I played this game in home, it was not as lame at it first appeared to me. So I experience the game. It was lame. Can I have my 2 minutes of life back, please!
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
Given the current cultures value of human life....if we ever got the technology you're hoping for there it wouldn't lead to us all having more fun....it would lead to most of us being labeled useless...and then we would be made to not exist anymore.
Work it a good thing, we were designed to do it.