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 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.