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This Win­ter quar­ter at UCSC, my final win­ter quar­ter :(,  I took Inter­ac­tive Sto­ry­telling with Michael Mateas (that genius dude behind Façade). It was a bril­liant class! Mateas had just come back from sab­bat­i­cal and was rather perky the whole quar­ter. We had a chance to break down the do-games-really-need-stories debate in a very aca­d­e­mic way, that is to say we deter­mined the two sides are both highly sub­jec­tive so there­fore the debate will never cease. Games are rather expres­sive but we can prob­a­bly agree they aren’t expres­sive enough. So instead of get­ting caught up in an end­less debate, let’s make new and inter­est­ing things and make games a bet­ter medium over­all!  (If only you could have been to some of Pro­fes­sor Mateas’ inspir­ing lectures).

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