Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's not just a game ...

... It's a fully-customizable and extensible world inside your computer.

The Creation Kit has proved instantly popular. Bethesda said that gamers downloaded two million mods in the first three days of the service. As of this writing, there are over 3,636 mods available. Bethesda says it is not surprised by the speed with which both modders and players have integrated the new tools.

Meanwhile, have video games replaced movies as the art masterpieces of our time? Kevin Kelly discusses the question, inspired by Kyle Munttrick's enthusiastic essay: Why Mass Effect is the Most Important Science Fiction Universe of Our Generation.

Whether it is realistic science explaining humanoid life throughout the galaxy, or dealing with FTL travel, or the ethical ambiguity of progress, or even the very purpose of the human race in our universe, Mass Effect has got it. By virtue of three simple traits – its medium, its message, and its philosophy – Mass Effect eclipses and engulfs all of science fiction’s greatest universes.

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