Links For July 12, 2014

wavepot – Online audio livecoding environment. Like ShaderToy, but noisier!


The History of Mana: How an Austronesian Concept Became a Video Game Mechanic

One of the things we do know is that as [Austronesians] headed out into the Pacific, they brought the word ‘mana’ with them. Its origin is lost in the mists of time, although the linguist Robert Blust has argued the word originally meant ‘powerful wind,’ ‘lightning,’ or ‘storm’—as it indeed still does in some languages.... Aram Oroi, a pastor and theologian from the island of Makira in the Solomon Islands, says that mana is like a flashlight being turned on. You sense something powerful but unseen, and then—click—its power is made manifest in the world.


Once Upon A Wonder: A Story Game Guide

We spend a lot of time worrying about the quality of stories in games – authored narratives designed to intermingle with gameplay – but I was more recently wondering about the ability of games to author stories of their own.


Design for Community is Design for Strangers

Recently, we made a conscious strategic decision to prioritize bridging experiences over bonding experiences in our programming. Not that bonding with people we already know is bad, nor that we don’t want to support it at the museum. But bonding is easy. Bridging is hard. There are so many places and opportunities to bond, and so few opportunities to bridge.


Inside the Mirrortocracy

The problem with gathering a bunch of logically-oriented young males together and encouraging them to construct a Culture gauntlet has nothing to do with their logic, youth, or maleness. The problem is that all cliques are self-reinforcing. There is no way to re-calibrate once the insiders have convinced themselves of their greatness.


Material Design - Google design guidelines – Huh.

In material design, every pixel drawn by an application resides on a sheet of paper. Paper has a flat background color and can be sized to serve a variety of purposes. A typical layout is composed of multiple sheets of paper.