On Friday we were talking with Jaakko in a Finncon/Animecon 2009 panel on pervasive games. The panel was chaired by researcher Tanja Sihvonen and we also had novelist Anne Leinonen bring in some fresh air. It was a good setup; Tanja and Anne were wondering about things, while me and Jaakko tried to explain them. Got a surprisingly large audience too, even though some of the faces in the crowd have probably heard me and Jaakko on the topic on five occasions.
You know you’ve been talking about your stuff too long when your friends start to ridicule you about it. That happened already this spring in Norway’s Knutepunkt 2009. In the “Secret Drinking Workshop” they established The Pervasive Drinking Game (by Hakkarainen & Seppänen 2009). It’s secret and supposed to be played in secret, but since pervasive game secrets are also supposed to be spoiled in the internet, here is my understanding of the rules…
- When you hear the word “pervasive”, you take a sip of your chosen alcoholic beverage.
Apparently, there were people playing it during our Knutepunkt lecture without us noticing. In fact, I think they still are, wherever they are — it’s a pervasive drinking game, you see.
Photograph from Finncon, by Suvi Korhonen.