Quote Of The Day: Kathy Sierra

December 6, 2009

I’ve already admitted I came in too late to be hooked by games.

However, I recognize their importance to people.

Even Douglas Rushkoff is involved with a game.

With tens and tens of millions of people playing them worldwide — instead of reading! — it’d be thick of us to ignore what’s going on.

Which makes me wonder: At any book conference, has anyone from the games industry ever been invited to speak, to deconstruct and explain what makes their business work? And how publishing might be able to adapt some aspects of its success?

Additional:

Creating Passionate Users (Kathy Sierra’s brilliant website)

Previously here:

iPhone: Read About It Or BE It?

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December 6, 2009


When There’s No Strength, Sell To Weakness

December 6, 2009

I was thinking this morning about why nothing works anymore. About how people show up for their job not to do it — but to qualify for the check they now feel entitled to.

I’ve always been hated when I’ve been an employee — by my fellow employees. Why? Because I was there to do work. I didn’t give a damn about what they watched on TV last night, who they slept with over the weekend, or which executive was what kind of bastard (the latter I’d rather figure out on my own — and maybe they were a bastard to you because, you know, you weren’t doing any actual work!).

Scott McKain had a post that triggered all this in my mind today. I read his post yesterday and the slant of it made it stick in my mind. It made me envision all the different workplaces I’ve been in and the workplaces I encounter today — workplaces where no work gets done.

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