I, geek 
Making lists are fun, and since I found out that none of my favourite games are on the top ten lists – well, what can I say?

Not that that is entirely true; half-life, civilization, Lemming, Quake, DOOM, X-COM: UFO DEFENSE, Jet Set Willy (almost forgot that one), Pirates, Star Wars: TIE Fighters are all games I have played and enjoyed. But the games that gave me the most to think about was – and they did forget one or two of them – TIM, Quest for Glory (mostly II and III), Codename: ICEMAN, Eye of the Beholder (I erased one friend of mines saving as he was close to finish the first one…), Dune, Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and the search for Atlantis, Football Manager ’95 (the best manager game ever), Alone in the dark, SOFT PORN!! (not that it was so much porn,but it was text based, one had to type what one wanted to do, and I did not enjoy Leisure Suite Larry, the graphic [video] game that Al Lowe made based on Soft Porn), not to mention Black Cauldron.

I am thinking that a lot of the game I played in the early nineties was based on typing, and living in Norway I had to do this in englsh. Not that my English is great, I have spelling errors, grammatical problems. I have the same problems in my Norwegian language, and to be frank, also my german suffers from the same mistakes. But still: how would this be if I did not play all these games?
End of digression

These was all a part of my early teens, in a time I did want to work and thus earn some money and did dedicate more time to play than to read – didn’t program much tough…

The list I read was posted at
filibustercartoons a time ago.

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We are seriuos 
I once had a very nice job at the local art museum here in leipzig (Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst) as a part of the Counter Strike project that SUPERFLEX did there i the beginning of 2003. (go to the home page of Superflex to read more about it).
My job was very easy; play counter strike with those who was visiting (mostly males in their late teens, early twenties) -- and being guide for those that wanted to debate the exhibition (most did not). I did not know counter strike that well before I started to work with the museum and the artists, but I knew that it was illegal a short while in 2002 due to a a-level pupil that shot his co-pupils and teachers in Erfurt in Eastern Germany (just som few miles away from Leipzig) -- as it was clamed that the game was to blame for the kids violate behaviour. It was basically clamed that Counter Strike and games like it was more or less concerned with ideas, or based on ideas that was a bad influence on kids. It was blamed for being idelogical. I guess that one might say that a game is ideological -- for as Ian Bogost of watercoolergames says to the Guardians game blog

"Games represent part of how things work in the world, and there is no way to escape a worldview when one is designing a game"

I guess he has a point, there is a stand to everything, there is no objectivity in game making, one cannot stand outside all societies of man kind and then make a game.

But a more important note that he makes in this interview is that there is a need to see writings on games that "contextualizes games in the broader sweep of human culture.." instead of those who just look at the technical bit of it all. One need critics he clames, game critics that read and see connections between a given game and other human activities they be many things. This is a thought that is interesting espescially since there is only a few years since the first PhD on games.
He could have mentioned the very good game studies - a online magazine, with editors and reviewers from different universities in Europe (mostly).

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the return of reto pulfer 
being in berlin last weekend, seeing some shows that was interesting, like Annika Ström at Atle Gerhardsen and Sean Snyder at Galerie Neu -- I went to the "opening" of Knut Henrik Henriksens part of the evolving group exhibition in berlin mitte called Longing Balloons Are Floating Around the World. It is a baulücke in mitte where the two curators Caroline Eggel & Christiane Rekade have installed a small space for 12 months. On of the eleven artists will open his/hers part of the exhibition once a month. Or have I missunderstood it? I think they are breaking up the exhibition into smaller parts so that some artists will have solo shows there.

The two curators did an offspace show in 2004 called Was ist in meiner Wohnung wenn ich nicht da bin?, I think that is the only show from belin not being in a gallery or an institution that got a critic's pick at artforum.com (you have to registrer to read it).

At the opening was also Reto Pulfer. He used to hang out a lot in berlin some odd two years ago before moving to paris and then new york. And now he's back. Some of his work are to be seen at the artnews.info site and one can download one of his noisy tracks called Glue at Internet Archive.
He turned out to be a fan of Nurse With Wound and we talked about the project they did for artistic interruptions last year in Lofoten.
It was a sort of strange thing, because the local/regional radio, that usually is sort of mainstream was for a time being overtaken by strange sounds and samplings like the ones one can listen to at brainwas radio. A nice project I had to admit in the midle of a mediocre biennale (www.liaf.no), and the rest of the large format or documentary projects that was realised at that time in nordland...

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artforum.com - conflicts of interest 
it is such a relief to read MAN, and I am very glad every time he touches upon the very delicate subject of Artforum.com and their sloppy editorial work.
here is another take on the subject.
I think the reason is that the art world does not have the same look upon conflic of interest that the rest of the publishing world has. We had an incident here in norway as well.
Two magazines, one subject, same writer, almost identical texts. And this happened twice. This without talking about this to any of the editors. It is not the same, but still interesting and on the same line.

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Iron Maiden's  
Cory Arcangel compressed Iron Maides Number of the Beast 666 times as a mp3

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