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SXSW: Sights From Tech's Big Idea Party

The South by Southwest conference rolls serious ideas and innovations into a party package. Take a peek at the flavor of this eclectic Austin confab.
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Bing Gordon, former chief executive for video game company Electronic Arts and now a venture capitalist, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek reporter Brad Stone discuss the growing trends of social media and gamification. Key quotes included: "Understand that people who grew up playing games look at the world differently. They look at the Boston skyline and think how they'd drop a Tetris block on it." Also, "Don't get an MBA, play World of Warcraft. Instead of $40,000 a year, it's $12/month."

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3/20/2012 | 12:47:41 PM
re: SXSW: Sights From Tech's Big Idea Party
As with too many of the new kids, they have it bass-ackwords. Games are prep for real life. What they are really seeing is the application of real life to software. This is happening because we are hitting a point in computing power where the machine needs to conform to the user, where the computers to this point have been comparatively under powered so we had to adapt to them. Not really rocket science, but I'm glad that the nerds are seeing this.
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