Would you give this man $125,000?
July 15, 2009 9:06 AM Subscribe
System and method for creating exalted video games and virtual realities.
This patent application, describing a new genre of "exalted video games," starts simple -- with a woman quoting Lenin -- and spirals out into a rambling tome on arts and economics over the course of 100 pages, from Aristotle to Clint Eastwood. It's easy to write off physicist/poet/entrepreneur Dr. Elliot McGuckin
as a standard Internet crackpot -- except that he's also a professor
at Pepperdine University, received a $125,000 grant
from the Kaufmann Foundation, and teaches a class
that was written up
in the NYT.
For more context, here's an hour-long talk
he did and his blog
on Gamasutra (don't miss the comments
). I've tried to make sense of it all, but I simply can't. There might be some reasonable ideas about the emotional complexity of videogames in there, but it's so unfocused, it's hard to tell what he's talking about. He's like the walking embodiment of "tl;dr
." What's the verdict? He's extremely prolific
, but is he saying anything?