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    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Authentic Dreams

    My first dream was to be an artist. I used to draw all the time. Draw comics, heroes, cartoons, I was a pretty good artist by the fifth grade and a great one come ninth grade.

    Then I had changed countries and my interest changed to writing. My second dream was to write book. I wrote poems, stories, novelas, I was writing every where every time. I also liked to sing. Then I started writing songs.

    My father told me to create songbooks. I still have them. Hundreds of songs. Layers of songbooks.

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    Reuter site - "The Sims" designer creating new game for real life

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    "The Sims" designer creating new game for real life

    Mon, Jan 02 16:37 PM EST

    By John Gaudiosi

    RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Will Wright, the designer behind successful video game simulations including "SimCity", "The Sims" and "Spore", is at it again. Only this time, rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of "HiveMind" is the actual player.

    "HiveMind," a group of cross-platform, cross-media online applications, is designed to turn a gamer's everyday life into part of the interactive experience by building upon Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and tapping into streams of personal information on phones, tablets, social networks and computers.

    While the technology and data collection is in place, the game doesn't yet have a release date. Nevertheless, Wright is enthusiastic about his new project and eager to discuss the lifestyle implications "HiveMind" could have on casual gamers.

    Q: What did you learn from past games like "The Sims" and "Spore" that you applied to "HiveMind"?

    A: "Those games were in some sense exploring the idea of becoming more personal and involving the player in a very creative role. In 'The Sims' people were crafting doppelgangers of their real life, their friends, their house, and then they experimented with things. 'Spore' was a more fantastical environment that offered higher-level creative tools. Both of those games showed me that when something is personal to a player, they're willing to invest in the experience. And the more emotionally attached they get, the more they want to share it with their friends and family."

    Q: Where did the idea for "HiveMind" come from?

    A: "I've had a couple of experiences where I realized that I'm surrounded by opportunities in life that I'm not aware of. Every now and then I trip over one of these experiences -- like a classic car show I happened upon in a Burbank Shoney's parking lot. I realized that we could build a system -- if we had a situational awareness about you, about who you are, where you are, what time of day it is, how much money is in your pocket, what's the weather like, what your interests are, etc. -- that could make your life much more interesting.

    Q: How would a game experience work?

    A: "If we had that much situational awareness about you and at the same time we were building this very high-level map of the world, and I don't just mean where Starbuck's is, but all sorts of things like historical footnotes and people you might want to meet. I started thinking about games that we can build that would allow us to triangulate you in that space and build that deep situational awareness. There will be all types of games, but the key will be focusing the experiences, including multiplayer, within the real world and away from the fictional world that games currently invest in."

    Q: What are the personal privacy challenges that exist with creating a game around players' personal data?

    A: "That's something that obviously they would opt in for, so it's not like you'd be stealing the info. They would want to play the game. It's the same thing with the ARGs that are out there. We need to get the players on our side. Every time we gather some data about them, we need to reflect it back to an experience that got much better so they understand. Once we get them on board, hopefully they're very forthcoming and they get more involved in terms of how they're feeling and what they're doing. The system can actually be used by them and benefit them with the more accurate data it collects."

    Q: Will "HiveMind" expand beyond gaming to include television?

    A: "We're finding television to be amazingly synergistic in some ways with this idea. We did do one television show, 'Bar Karma', that ran for a season on Current TV last year. It used crowd sourcing and the community we built came up with everything from the concept and storylines every week to helping cast the show with real actors."

    Q: Will you be pushing this type of interactivity with your new TV projects?

    A: "'Bar Karma' was an interesting hybrid between crowd sourcing and professional television, but we learned a lot about how you get communities involved in creative activities. That will definitely feed into 'HiveMind' because there is going to be a very strong community component to this. I think crowd sourcing is one of the most interesting tools in our arsenal now as a designer."

    Q: The fact that new TVs offer Internet connectivity should help with this endeavor, right?

    A: "It's kind of remarkable. I've set up a couple of PCs and a few TVs over the last couple of years. Buying a new television and setting it up is far more complicated now than buying a computer and setting it up."

    (Editing by Bob Tourtellotte


    The room still smelled of Vaseline.  The night before was still there. The remnants of her hair was still on the sheets where they made love that morning.  Even though she had left for work, it was as if her ghost filled the room.

    The TV was on mute with the captions on, the local cable morning news was playing.  The radio was playing a CD mixtape she had made him.  Big Sean, The Weeknd and Dwele.  The Weeknd's 'High For This' was playing.

    Paul was in the bathroom feeling guilty of the turn his life was taking, he had a woman his age who was in love with him, but he was falling in love with someone ten years younger than him.  His face was over the bathroom sink ashen with guilt.  He tried to wash the pain away with the shaving cream that was mixed with the facial hair he had just sheared.  The hair and shaving cream washed away,  his angst ridden conscience didn't.

    His heart never felt more heavy.  At this age, how could this happen to him again.  He should know better than to put his heart on the roulette wheel again.  But a gambler is just a gambler.  And Paul was addicted.

    The first time was vicious because it was unexpected.  This time however, the loss would not be Paul's, it would be the world's


    Act now. Talk later. Not a bag of mouth right. To win you must lose. I heard that in church yesterday. The dust may never settle. Put your goggles and blinders on. Get stuff done. Everyone has a different price to pay for different things. Location location location. You may not look for polar bears in Africa, but you will find elephants and Lions there.
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