Links for January 11, 2019

Project Horseshoe 2018: Group Report: Constructing Emergence

In practical game development, constructing systems that show emergence can also seem risky, since few understand what emergence is, and since such systems often look incomplete and broken until suddenly they’re not.... A system being designed with emergence in mind might be on the threshold of working spectacularly well, or it may never come together; it can be nearly impossible to tell the difference.... Given the importance, benefits, and difficulties of creating emergent systems, we are looking for tools and methods to more reliably construct emergence in games, rather than just hoping for it and stumbling over it.

The problem with adding a famous Cree chief to ‘Civilization’

To many, the game-makers’ decision to depict Chief Poundmaker without first seeking permission from the chief and elders seems like history repeating itself.... Milton Tootoosis, a headman at Poundmaker Cree Nation and cousin of Clyde, says custom requires that “if you’re going to borrow from another culture you must get approval.” He is angry no one asked permission to use the image of Chief Poundmaker in the game or sought input about the narrative from his First Nation.

sigur rós - liminal

liminal is much more than an ambient sigur rós mixtape curated by jónsi, alex somers and paul corley. liminal views sigur rós as an eco-system. it identifies the connections and blurs the boundaries between work done and work to come; between brand new music and ideas barely yet nascent; between songs written 20 years ago and collaborations to be made tomorrow.