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"Videogames are indeed design: They’re sophisticated virtual machines that echo the mechanical systems inside cars…Like well-designed cars, well-designed videogames are ways of taking your mind to different places."
Chuck Klosterman makes a great point about video games and hyper-velocity. New video games are always better than what came before them—which is not an argument you’d make about novels or films or virtually any other entertainment genre. Via CollegeHumor.
The children’s book Luka and the Fire of Life, written by Lavin speaker Salman Rushdie for his son Milan on his 12th birthday, was recently turned into four animated short films by students at London’s Kingston University. Rushdie, Milan, and a few others then picked the best of these films, above. “I love the post-Sendak wit of the drawing style,” Rushdie said. “It was also the animation that succeeded best in telling its story without words, and both the comedy and the drama worked perfectly.” In the book, whose plot was inspired in part by videogames, Luka is on a quest to steal the fire of life in order to revive his father, Rashid, who is in a deep sleep. This is Rushdie’s second children’s novel. He is also a Booker Prize-winning bestselling novelist, the former president of PEN America, a noted non-fiction author, and an in-demand lecturer and speaker.