At the end of last year, Halvard Jakobsen made a half-hour radio documentary about video game research that was broadcast on NRK over Christmas. He’s talked with J¯rgen KirksÊther, who’s working on a PhD on computer game history and works with games for Statens Filmtilsyn; Espen Aarseth, the nestor of Scandinavian game studies, on the phone from Copenhagen, and me – I talked about how you enter into the fictional world (starting about 12 minutes in) and about games and art and grass root game development around 23-24 minutes.

I used to work in radio and I think I actually prefer interviewing than being interviewed. The uneditability of it is strange – though Halvard’s done a great job of making my sentences sound fairly whole. I love how radio doesn’t need to disappear anymore.

J¯rgen KirksÊther has an interesting comment (around 16-17 minutes in) about Space Invaders. Talking about Space Invaders, he says that it took the Japanese to figure out how to make a satisfying single-player game. The key is that you should never be able to win. The Americans could never have created that game, he says, because the idea of a game that can’t be won is inconceivable within the American culture. The Samurai codex of the Japanese, on the other hand, allows for the idea of losing with honour, J¯rgen says. After Space Invaders, which was a huge success, both the Americans and the Japanese made and are still making popular, unwinnable games.

2 thoughts on “documentary on computer games

  1. tu

    — lyd og musikk i dataspill —
    Onsdag 18 februar kl 19:00 p NOTAM Nedre gt. 5 Oslo, vil J¯ran Rudi gjennomg genrens historie og utvikling – fra det f¯rste tennisspillet til dagens spill – med et teknisk fokus p lyd og musikk. Foredraget vil bli illustrert med mange musikkeksempler. Det vi l ogs bli en dr¯fting av forskjellige genre dataaspill, og hvilke krav/forventninger til lyd og musikk som eksisterer.

  2. Jill

    That sounds like an interesting lecture.

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Triple book talk: Watch James Dobson, Jussi Parikka and me discuss our 2023 books

Thanks to everyone who came to the triple book talk of three recent books on machine vision by James Dobson, Jussi Parikka and me, and thanks for excellent questions. Several people have emailed to asked if we recorded it, and yes we did! Here you go! James and Jussi’s books […]

Image on a black background of a human hand holding a graphic showing the word AI with a blue circuit board pattern inside surrounded by blurred blue and yellow dots and a concentric circular blue design.
AI and algorithmic culture Machine Vision

Four visual registers for imaginaries of machine vision

I’m thrilled to announce another publication from our European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project on Machine Vision: Gabriele de Setaand Anya Shchetvina‘s paper analysing how Chinese AI companies visually present machine vision technologies. They find that the Chinese machine vision imaginary is global, blue and competitive.  De Seta, Gabriele, and Anya Shchetvina. “Imagining Machine […]

Do people flock to talks about ChatGPT because they are scared?

Whenever I give talks about ChatGPT and LLMs, whether to ninth graders, businesses or journalists, I meet people who are hungry for information, who really want to understand this new technology. I’ve interpreted this as interest and a need to understand – but yesterday, Eirik Solheim said that every time […]