Asteroids. Pong. Pac-man. Do you remember playing your first electronic video game?
Personally I remember back what must be at least 20 years, where my brother and I sat down to play hours of Daley Thompson’s Decathlon on the Sinclair Spectrum. Just thinking about it now gives me RSI 1…
Why do I mention it? Well as you may have heard, or indeed purchased, we have recently seen the dawn of the next ‘generation’ of games consoles from Sony (PlayStation 4) and Microsoft (Xbox One). The sheer scale of challenges faced by the video games industry actually made me think about my own role, and the wider Knowledge and Information Management profession.
The growing worldwide success of gaming has had to overcome challenges such as perception, formats, and engagement – something that should resonate with information management professionals. Those staff must be able to influence behaviour, embrace new technology, and get their message across to a wide audience. Just as Sony or Microsoft will aim to do this Christmas.
Just for fun I thought I’d explore this comparison a little more with another Information Management blog ‘mashup’ 2 – Are there common themes that run through the information management profession and video gaming?
- 1. Repetitive strain injury – does anyone else remember how quickly you had to tap those buttons to make Daley Thompson run? ^
- 2. Mashup – noun, informal. Phenomenon of combining or fusing two disparate sources to create a new product that is somehow more awesome than the sum of its original components. ^