Between the zeroes and ones →1 min read Published by Lee Reamsnyder Permalink
From a profile on Billy Mitchell that is like a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance treatise on video games:
“Billy plays literally,” Dwayne says. “He is a reductionist.” Dwayne is good friends with Billy and holds his game play in high regard. “But the thing is,” Dwayne adds, “Abdner takes an ecological approach. He’ll take insights from anywhere, even from dreams. It’s the consummate technician versus the artist.” This is more than just a dichotomy in style. What Dwayne is proposing—what the players all propose, in fact, when they whisper among the consoles about Abdner’s secret knowledge that can only be guessed at—is not technology at all but a kind of magic. “Billy’s the best at zeros and ones,” Dwayne says. “But what if truth is in between?”
Of course, if you’ve seen The King of Kong, you’re boo-hissing at Billy Mitchell already, but this is a more nuanced and interesting look at the razor’s edge of video game play.
Link is a PDF. (Via Kottke)