Tiny Subversions: The Origin Issue!!

by Darius Kazemi on April 27, 2006

in Uncategorized

So, nobody has ever asked me where the title of this blog comes from. Well, nobody can now rejoice, for I am going to answer that question.

Back in the day, I was an idealistic student, full of, uhm, ideas. I’ve lost the original writing to a long-dead server, but essentially I stayed up late one night writing about how the choices we make when playing a video game relate to the fiction of Thomas Pynchon. Specifically, that the video game is a reality that we are given the freedom to change, and that every action taken by the player (in a good game) is a tiny subversion of the orthodoxy (i.e., original game state) of that reality.

Today, I am an idealistic professional, full of, uhm, practical ideas. So I’ve decided to retcon the meaning of the title. Since I spend a lot of time on this blog evangelizing either rapid prototyping or effective networking, from here on in, a tiny subversion is the act of either (a) creating a rapid prototype of a small game element, or (b) the act of adding a single person to your network.


Patrick Dugan April 28, 2006 at 3:18 am

I assumed it was a reference to being a sick weirdo, but only in incremental ways ;)

Looks like Nintendo isn’t the only one with an unclear name.

Seriously though, your blog’s name is MUCH better.

Duncan April 28, 2006 at 3:49 pm

I probably assumed (deep down) that there was a reason for the name. Some little story that makes it identifiable and personally connected to you. I’m the same way. Nobody ever asks me about my little quirky things (titles, names, odd little things I always say/do) either.

I guess this just means that I should learn to ask, as much as I’d like to answer.

For the record, I like the original explanation. And I like the name.

Dharia May 3, 2006 at 8:45 pm

that’s not true, i asked you.

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