Neil deGrasse Tyson And Will Wright Talk About The Science Of Games

Have a spare 30 minutes? Of course you do — it's the weekend! Unless you're working, in which case. I'M SO SORRY. If you're not, what better way to spend a small chunk of your not-busy time listening to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and an incorporeal Will Wright converse about the science of games. But it's not just about the maths-heavy stuff, as you'll find out.

It's a bit of the shame we only get the voice of Wright — he's not present in the studio — so most of the dialogue occurs between deGrasse Tyson, co-host Eugene Mirman and games writer Jeff Ryan. The conversation moves around, from talk of whether processing power remains a barrier to gaming experiences to the potentially cool mechanics that dedicated physics engines can provide.

There's a particular focus on the moral implications of games, particularly violence, but it's an interesting listen nonetheless. deGrasse even brings up the fact Mario features "mild violence" and its disarming abstract presentation, though I doubt the heroic plumber has ever inspired kids to jump on the heads of their height-deprived peers.

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson — The Science of Video Games [YouTube]


    I did this for you gamers so that your generation can grow up and enjoy the science of life around you.

      I doubt this is really Neil Degrasse Tyson, but it's still a lovely thought nonetheless.

    I discovered him a few years ago. I was watching an online presentation featuring Christopher Hitchens and he made mention of Neil and his work. Fast forward a few years, and Tyson is now a permenant part of my gaming life.
    Need to dig in for a grind in WoW? Tyson presentation playing in the background. Power levelling in Final Fantasy? Tyson and Dawkins discussing their new books etc..

    NDT brings up some great questions and theories on the 'our' generation within gaming. Man, now I'm going to go back through his show, (always been a fan of his astrophysics vids on youtube!)

    It was interesting - but that comedian didn't really contribute anything.

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