Speaking of virtual meetings…

Take a look at today’s Dilbert

Donate Used Video Games for a Great Cause!

Do you have used video game cartridges or systems sitting around collecting dust?

My friend Ian is putting on a used video game collection in support of Mikey’s Way Foundation, a Connecticut-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer deal with the fear and boredom of treatment.

Collection Boxes will be located in the Union, the League, and the Athletic Center, until this Saturday, March 26th. All games donated will be recycled, with the money from this recycling going toward the purchase of new electronic games for pediatric cancer patients. Please consider donating, and help spread the word via the Mikey’s Way Used Video Game Collection Facebook event.

Video Games as Art

Do you consider video games to be art? Despite what Roger Ebert says, the Smithsonian seems to think they are!

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will run an exhibit called The Art of Video Games starting in March of next year. They’re currently accepting votes (you can vote here) for the games that will be featured to illustrate the 40-year evolution of the medium, including some that are being played in this class right now!

Do you consider video games to be an art form?

More on play

If you enjoyed Scot Osterweil’s discussion of play from today’s class, here’s something else to check out:

Stuart Brown founded the National Institute for Play, and he’s the author of the book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (which is on sale for less than $7 on Amazon right now!).