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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Go with the flow
Moving to Norrath describes how immersive game-play may be like migrating to a virtual world. Is this more than the experience descibed by Czikszentimihalyia (1988) as flow? In flow-states you lose track of time, miss meals etc. That's a bit different from narrative pleasure as Andrew Stern argues - it's about fully entering a rich world. Blogging, on the other hand is lightweight use, although, as Dr Joolz observes it modifies one's experience of everyday life. Somewhere or other there's the pleasure principle. This report gives a useful exploration of new media and new pleasures. Food for thought.

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