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Play and the Internet City
on 4 June 2012
There are two concepts in this book that really appealed to me, the value of play and the metaphor of the internet as a growing city where no one is in overall control.
There is a lot to learn from the value of play and why we enjoy the reward of online gaming so much. The idea of more feedback and ways to track and recognize progress were most useful to me and have great application in training and development.
The metaphor of the current state of the internet as a growing city with it's many districts makes the whole concept easier to understand. Just like a real city there are the business areas, many social meeting areas, plentiful entertainment and also the less reputable ghettos (well covered in the book) - which it's good to know have much less screen time than the doom mongers predict.
Overall I liked this little book. I agree with an earlier review that a little more detail and a few more stories would have added the finishing touches. The one advantage of a less scripted journey is that I felt allowed to find my own meaning in the ideas and on reflection this may have been the author's intention. I think the book will appeal most to the generation that has grown up alongside the digital age/internet and want to find a healthy way to stay connected in both the virtual and real worlds.