From Nick Montfort:
The Purple Blurb series of readings of, talks on, and discussion about digital writing is continuing at MIT this Fall 2008. This semester is a gamey one, and features three speakers who bring a variety of perspectives to how writing and digital media intersect.
All talks are on Mondays at 6pm, but please note that the first of three is *not* in the Trope Tank (14N-233), our usual location for Purple Blurb.
October 6, 6pm, 32-141
Meretzky, an alumnus of MIT, was the most prolific author at
the most successful interactive fiction company, Infocom.
The work he did there included writing Planetfall, A Mind
Forever Voyaging, and Leather Goddesses of Phobos as well as
collaborating with Douglas Adams to develop The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy. Meretzky has worked at Legend
Entertainment, , and WorldWinner. He is currently
October 27, 6pm, 14N-233
Juul is a video game theorist and author of Half Real: Video
Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds (MIT Press,
2006). He is also a , and in this capacity
he created High Seas, a casual matching-tile game with a
narrative frame. Juul is currently a lecturer in the Program
in Writing and Humanistic Studies; he works at the
Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab.
November 17, 6pm, 14N-233
Scott is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes BBS: The
Documentary and a film about interactive fiction, Get Lamp,
which is now in post-production. In addition to making films,
Scott maintains the main archive of textfiles (plain-text
documents) as they appeared on computer bulletin board systems
in the 1980s and early 1990s. He also blogs about digital
media topics on ASCII.
The Purple Blurb page, with more information about the series, is at:
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