Let me tell you a little story about innovation and creativity. Years ago, I worked on a wiki-based project to find the first instance of ideas/techniques in video games (like the first game to use cameras as weapons, or the first game to have stealth as a play element). It excited me to dig to give credit to those who laid the foundations of ideas that we now take for granted. I couldn’t wait to show the world how creative and innovative these unknown game designers/developers were.
I went into it with much passion and excitement, but unexpectedly, it turned out that there were almost no “firsts”. Every time someone put up a game that was the first to do/contain something, there was another earlier game put up to replace it with a SLIGHTLY less sophisticated, or SLIGHTLY different version of the same thing. The gradient was so smooth and constant that eventually, the element we were focusing on lost meaning. It became an unremarkable point to address at all. We ended up constantly overwriting people’s work with smaller, less passionate articles, containing a bunch of crappy games that only technically were the first to do something in the crudest manner. Sometimes only aesthetically.
After a lot of time sunk into this project, I came to the conclusion that I was mistaken about innovation/creativity. It would have been a better project to track the path of ideas/techniques than to try to find the first instance of an idea/technique. I held innovation so highly for years before that, but after this project, I saw just how small it was. How it was but a tiny extension of the thoughts of millions before it. A tiny mutation of a microscopic speck that laid on top of a mountain. It was a valuable experience that helped me very much creatively.
Dave Freeman, a game designer, friend, and former coworker (via adiscourseongaming)
absolutely beautiful and valuable observation here
I recorded some parts for this in a North Country apartment with no heat. Still to this day the only non-traditional Thanksgiving I’ve been a part of, and one of my favorite parts of that particular Fall-Winter.
Al Brundage took this really cool video of me playing Centralia, PA on the porch of Ant Hill Collective in Rochester yesterday evening
After much delay, we are proud to present SHITTIN’ THE NEST by MOUTHBREATHER.
10 tracks from the dynamic duo comprised of Leo “Overkill” Brill and Joey “Thunda” Burna.
Hop on it.
I would say these guys are one of the North Country’s finest but they took off to achieve their dreams in Portand, Oregon. So now they are Oregon’s finest and my “label” finally released this today.
Cassette’s coming soon.
Be right back, I’m gonna go make some money so I can buy this.
This is folk punk like you’ve never heard it.
Listen/purchase: OH! by Surly Dylan Suttles
Dylan does good songwritin’. Also he let me play stuff on the song before this one. Check out the entire split!
and take the time to check out some Eyeway
most last minute thing ive ever done lol shout out to frida kahloWow seriously. This is really offensive
please tell me how a mexican girl dressing up festively as a day of the dead skull modeled after frida kahlo is offensive, white girl
i knew we were going to arrive at this point eventually
When call-out culture meets assumption meets the month of October on Tumblr.com
I also saw this coming. It’s probably happened plenty.