Pink on Games

“You must understand video games.  Seriously. You must. So if you don’t know a joystick from a jelly roll, spend some time getting up to speed on games played on computers, online, and on special devices such as Game Boys and Playstations. Ask your kid. Ask your neighbor’s kid. Or go into an electronics store such as Best Buy where the games are usually on display, and ask for a demo. You won’t regret it. And you may even become hooked.  At the very least, you’ll begin to understand the powerful new grammar, narrative pattern, and thinking style these games are teaching. For added nuances about this world, page through any of the many gaming magazines now available. (Look for them near the games in that electronics store.) And investigate the following Web sites, which offer smart primers and some snippets of cool games.”

Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind