Jenga

I’ve recently gotten very interested in game design.

If you want a fascinating 28 minutes, Jesse Schell presents at a DICE conference about the implications of games invading real life. There are many examples, but one of them would be the recent trend toward states allowing banks to give lotto-like benefits for savings.

It’s something I’ve been paying a lot of attention to, and I’m glad. Because if it hadn’t been for that, I probably wouldn’t have noticed the book About Jenga by Leslie Scott. Nearly forty years ago, Scott created Jenga. She created it and, crucially, named it. I really enjoyed her story.

It was an interesting autobiography. It wanders all over, it touches on business, game design, branding, contract negotiation, and growing up in Africa–all with a lot of funny anecdotes thrown in.

A fun read.