November 16th. It is coming!
I believe in gaming, and the benefits of play. I believe Little Big Planet is a phenomenal tool that leads passive entertainment into a fantastic realm of cognitive processing, three dimensional thinking, and interactive engagement with media. Plus it is totally fun.
I believe this will call for a Big Screen Party!
Yay! Thank you for commenting Laura Jane. I was afraid I finally scared everyone off!
I meet a lot of people that completely dismiss video games, mostly as time wasters or promoters of violence. Video games can be both time wasters and senselessly violent, but I think a lot entertainment-hobbies can be guilty of that. What amuses me is that so many people fail to see that video games are not going away, and they are not mindless or insignificant...
Little Big Planet really is amazing. The game is a tool, that gives the players the resources to create other games within the game, to design levels, characters, and to engineer inventions that behave and respond with real physics.
And it is SteamPunk friendly, because it is about creating with materials on hand, and seeing the possibilities in those materials... making something new, something useful, simply beautiful, or all three. It takes strategy, and it challenges the gamer to think ahead and visualize how things fit together, and what components will do when they are put together.
My children have created robots, puzzles, locks, vehicles, mechanical mazes... and every part of their creations are so intricate and purposefully designed, because they have to be to work, and because the game allows for elaborate design. The game developers celebrate the contributions of the gamers and allow for their play to become a part of the game. It is unique and exciting, and I think it is something like a window peeking in to the next generation of media entertainment.
In the preview... all those images, the levels, characters, and activities... they are fan made, gamer contributions, player creations. They are shared, and expanded, and included in the game. Imagine the possibilities.