I’m a bit late to the party on this one, even if I’ve had it bookmarked for a few days, but I finally found the time to sit down and watch this. And for the most part, I reckon this guy should be a stand-up comedian. He’s got great points (no pun intended, you’ll see what I mean in the video) and a great way of putting them across to people, like he has a natural knack for public speaking. Which, as a CEO and former chairperson of the IGDA, he wouldn’t exactly want to be a hermit, right?
(EDIT: WordPress is annoying and won’t let me embed the video. Meaning I’m just going to have to link you to it and hopefully you’ll watch it on the G4 anyway before being put off by the length and swiftly hitting Alt+F4)
So anyway, he talks for the crux of about a half an hour on how videogames have changed our lives so far, and how it’ll probably change them even more.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER (copy-pasted from The Art Of Game Design – his book – which i might actually get myself at some point):
Jesse Schell has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh’s largest videogame studio, Schell Games, and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association. In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he spent seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and Disney Online. Before that, he was a software engineer at IBM and Bell Communications Research, and a writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer’s Mime Circus and the Juggler’s Guild.
I just watched this, and I actually kinda like where it’s going. I’d like for there to be some form of loyalty bonus for sticking to certain branded products, certain stores and whatever else, but as long as there’s an option to disable auto-tweeting and turn off the Facebook Connect then I’m all-for it.
It’d be a fantastic breakthrough in the connections between humans and our own technology, even if it does seem Big Brother-ish. Which, if Gizmodo have some sort-of say in it, is already kinda being experimented on by the way Google’s literally changed the way we do EVERYTHING online.