Convergence in action

06 Jul

Writing Slashing and burning Editing my essay on convergence – or the way that our interests and hobbies flow across different types of media and formats – and I woke up to a great example.

This morning, a friend (who I know through a website about boardgames and through his podcast about boardgames) posted a Facebook post about a DVD about a boardgame. Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story is an interesting (albeit at times over-long) documentary about the Monopoly (US) National championships and World championships. Actually, it’s more about the players, but that’s where the interest lies. Fraser and I watched it late last year.

Then one of the guys who is featured on the documentary replied to the Facebook post to promote his new book about Monopoly strategy. (Apparently, it features “secret game strategies and tactics previously known and practiced by only a handful of top competitive Monopoly tournament players and coaches“).

Whilst I am sceptical about how interesting the book would be to me personally, you have to love someone who bills himself as “the noted attorney, author, professional Monopoly player and movie star.” – I will have to invent my own awesome tagline, I think. And maybe print it on business cards which I could give to unsuspecting people.

ANYWAY. I digress, as usual. In this most excellent example, we have boardgames, a podcast, a documentary, a DVD (with extras), books and discussion. Of the docco, the DVD and the books. And ecommerce. And a quote from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which you may or may not have noticed me subtly sneak in there.

Shame my essay is still 700 words over the limit, really. I’m guessing you can see why.

Meanwhile, two family members have already said, “Oh, you should quote ME.” – because (WHO KNEW?) it turns out that academic writing is all about quoting the people with whom you share a bathroom. I nearly quoted my dad, because that would actually have been RELEVANT. My kid, not so much. (Although she is in my good books because she said Wow mum, your essay is really good, and then quoted some of it back to me. Wish it was being marked by a 13 yr old game fan!)

Posted by on July 6, 2012 in games, study


6 responses to “Convergence in action

  1. Fraser

    July 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hmm you must tell me what the other family member wanted to be quoted on 😉

  2. Mark

    July 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I believe that some of the footage was at the Australian Monopoly Nationals, I’ve not seen it but heard that 2 friends of mine are in the footage. I have great interest in this as well as I was one of the team of judges used at the Australian Regional Qualifiers.

    • Melissa

      July 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Yes, there is some footage filmed in Australia and a couple of Aussies (and a Kiwi) are featured.

  3. Jonathan O'Donnell

    July 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Not strictly on topic, but “Colours by Numbers”, the documentary about the Australian World Sudoku Championship team, is brilliant!

    Here is the trailer.

    Note that they are the only ones in uniform.

    • Melissa

      July 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Jonathan, that looks fantastic! I may have a new obsession: Documentaries about people playing games and doing puzzles.
      Obsessions should be specific, right?

    • Melissa

      July 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Favourite line: “32 teams; we’re hoping to finish in the top 32.”


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