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Gamer Theory by Kenneth McKenzie Wark

It is all just an algorithm with enough unknowns to make a game of it. One is a space of pure qualities; the S other, pure quantities. In the first stage, you ex- plore, pushing back the inky black shroud to make a map.

Who is this book written for? The Cave presents games in gaamer pure state, as a realm where justice—of a sort—reigns. He dreams of yachts and big screen TVs. The digital is all about boundaries.

The storyline that in- augurates the world of Katamari Damacy is not a creation myth but a destruction myth.

He is a sculptor. Where once analog and dig- L V: Underneath it lies a code which is all. After Theorist comes Mad Scientist and after that—nothing. Play here has no law but the algorithm. Even the utopian justice to come in the afterlife is foreclosed: King Digital makes quite the opposite demand of the Prince to that made of Sisyphus by the Gods.


The first level is where the topographic R unfolds as the line between what is charted and what is L uncharted see Fig.

Gamer Theory by McKenzie Wark

The times have themselves become just a series of less and less perfect games. The book becomes an alibi for more worldly lines of communication, some with the throry of an order: Theor play tried again and again to break out of its heterotopia, to take the derangement of the senses into the streets, and again and again it failed. Katamari Damacy merely extends the atopia of the digital to the heavens themselves. Not a strategy guide, a cheat sheet, or a walk-through for how to improve your score or hone your trigger finger.

Gamer Theory

But the artist within the designer may still inscribe the analog in the heart of the digital as something irreducible. The line splits—into one that moves objects and subjects, and into another, faster one mkenzie moves information, the line of telesthesia, of the telegraph then telephone. Gamespace subordinates all of time and space to the digi- tal. You have to maximize useable space.


One creates new values; the other R pits given values against one another. Gamers confront one another in con- tests of skill that reveal who has been chosen—chosen by the game as the one who has most fully internalized its al- gorithm. If something passes undetected for any length of time it is because it has no value. This is what the double movement of allegorithm and allegory have to report.

The body makes a satisfyingly squishy sound when you kick it. He fixes lunch, naps, reads again. One either hits or misses. There is— to give it a name—a military entertainment complex, and it rules.

As the myriad lines of topology work their way into space, space mutates, and just as the allegorical moment changes from the topi- cal to the topographic to the topological, so too does the utopian moment. The other is to play for the game Take the blue pill.

Mcknzie game has become god.

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