Links for November 24, 2017

Rediscovering History’s Lost First Female Video Game Designer

One day in August, Joseph came home and said, “They’re looking for someone to do a quiz on the Studio II. You want to do that?”

“Sounds boring,” Joyce replied.

“Get it on your résumé, and you’re getting paid for it,” he said.

That began a project called TV Schoolhouse I, programmed in early August 1976 and delivered to RCA on August 9 for a payment of $250, according to the invoice which Joyce kept.

Ephemera-Based Storytelling at Now Play This Games Exhibition in London

Ephemera-based storytelling is a delicate art. It requires a deep understanding of player behavior — as an example, people are usually eager to search the work for hidden puzzles, so if it doesn’t have any, you have to be careful to not suggest it might (or conversely, if you’re putting them in, to make sure they all function properly and make sense without detracting from the larger work). And it also requires trust, both of the player, to be clever enough to suss out the story, and of you as the creator of the work, to provide something that’s intriguing and satisfying, in varying measures.

Underground Roman temple reopens as immersive museum

A subterranean Roman temple where a mysterious cult worshipped has been restored within an immersive museum below Bloomberg’s headquarters in London by 9/11 memorial museum exhibition designers Local Projects.

Part of Bloomberg’s £1 billion Norman Foster-designed European headquarters was restoring the Temple of Mithras to its original location seven metres below modern street level.