June 25, 2011
GIBSON:

I was walking around Vancouver, aware of that need, and I remember   walking past a video arcade, which was a new sort of business at that   time, and seeing kids playing those old-fashioned console-style plywood   video games. The games had a very primitive graphic representation of   space and perspective. Some of them didn’t even have perspective but   were yearning toward perspective and dimensionality. Even in this very   primitive form, the kids who were playing them were so physically   involved, it seemed to me that what they wanted was to be inside the   games, within the notional space of the machine. The real world had   disappeared for them—it had completely lost its importance. They were in   that notional space, and the machine in front of them was the brave  new  world.

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Correction: on p. 134, line 16, for ‘Ptolemy’ please substitute ‘Hero.’

GIBSON:

I was walking around Vancouver, aware of that need, and I remember walking past a video arcade, which was a new sort of business at that time, and seeing kids playing those old-fashioned console-style plywood video games. The games had a very primitive graphic representation of space and perspective. Some of them didn’t even have perspective but were yearning toward perspective and dimensionality. Even in this very primitive form, the kids who were playing them were so physically involved, it seemed to me that what they wanted was to be inside the games, within the notional space of the machine. The real world had disappeared for them—it had completely lost its importance. They were in that notional space, and the machine in front of them was the brave new world.

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Correction: on p. 134, line 16, for ‘Ptolemy’ please substitute ‘Hero.’

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