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  •    Disneyfied (Disney Fried?)  
     
    Tuesday, January 10 2006 @ 09:59 PM UTC
    Contributed by: David

    I just got back from a typically hectic and entertaining week of vacation in Walt Disney World with my kids.

    Iíve been to the Florida and California parks on many occasions and they never fail to both amaze and appall. Like a lot of visitors, I get a huge kick out of experiencing the near-reality fantasy life of a Disney theme park. And like many (more than probably admit it) after a few days Iím desperate for a dark, dingy and desolate downtown bar. Unreality finds its antidote in savage reality, I suppose.

    That is to say, I think I have a good grip on the good and bad of Disney fantasy. And I always find something new each trip This time I was kind of overwhelmed by just how religious the whole thing is. And my ďreligious,Ē I donít mean right wing American Christian. I mean the religion of the mouse--with devotees toting mouse icons and partaking symbolically of the body of the mouse in the form of mouse shaped ice cream. Disney World is deeply, and fundamentally, religious.

    Still, what I wanted to sort out, and now I need your help, is trying to figure out:

    What is the relationship between videogames and Disney World?

    Put on your thinking Mouseketeer caps and post in the comments section.






     
             


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    Disneyfied (Disney Fried?)
    Authored by: Zonk on Wednesday, January 11 2006 @ 01:00 AM UTC
    My wife and I went to WDW in May of 04, when I was writing for a little site called MMORPGDot.com

    I just republished those old article at my new blog, and one of them (loosely) connects my experiences there with Massive games.

    http://www.mmognation.com/2004/05/27/mmogs-and-a-mouse/
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    Disneyfied (Disney Fried?)
    Authored by: mister_slim on Wednesday, January 11 2006 @ 11:24 AM UTC
    Haven't been to Disney World, just Disneyland, but I imagine
    it's because it's an entirely constructed world, designed as a
    playground and toy. It feels real, but obviously operates
    under different rules: different currency (in function. The
    prices and role differ), different culture, different modes of
    thought and behaviour. It's an abstraction built to a
    massive scale, like an out of control McDonald's PlayPlace.
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    Disneyfied (Disney Fried?)
    Authored by: robbdn on Friday, January 13 2006 @ 08:05 PM UTC
    How Disneyland is similar to videogames:

    1. Load Times: Every game promises an exciting experience, but we always have to load. For some reason I always wait five minutes for each passing turn in Civ4 on the huge maps, and I always patiently await each Loading sign in Half-Life 2. At Disneyland we wait in line for hours for a 10-15 minute experience, and during the wait we fantasize about what amazing thing we'll experience next.

    2. Simulacra: Each world in Disneyland is a simulation of an archetype, which is similar to what we experience in videogames. Max Payne has his film noir graphic novel, The Sims has its suburban communities, Fable is the medieval fantasy, and even Mario has his themed fantasy worlds. Disneyland just calls it Tomorrow Land and Mainstreet instead of 1-1 and 2-1.

    3. Imagineers: The myths behind Disneyland are similar to those behind game developers. The people responsible for the worlds in which we play are as important as the play itself, the Imagineers of Disneyland are as celebrated as the pioneers of videogames in their current form. It's only a matter of time before serious comparisons between Walt Disney and Miyamoto are made.

    4. Technology: American culture is famous for the celebration of technology as savior, and as much as this was true in the founding of America, it really takes on religious tones from the cold-war to the present. Disneyland is as much fun on the surface as it is to try and figure out "how they did that." This is part of what makes gaming fun and astonishing for the players of games as well.

    That's all I can think of right now, I'm sure there will be a lot of great comparisons made here. As far as the religious elements of Mickey Mouse, I noticed similar things when I attended a taping of The Price is Right, and wrote an article about it which can be found here if anybody is so inclined. I attribute the sometimes religious overtones in hardcore fans of play (videogames, gameshows, Disneyland, whatever) to a variation on the old Puritan themes of the meditative quality of work. This can work equally well with play, when one pre-empts work for immersion. Does that make sense?

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  • Disneyfied (Disney Fried?) - Authored by: David on Saturday, January 14 2006 @ 11:57 PM UTC
  • Disneyfied (Disney Fried?) - Authored by: CapCom on Sunday, January 15 2006 @ 11:43 PM UTC
  • JoBo - Authored by: eben on Monday, January 16 2006 @ 10:44 PM UTC
  • Disneyfied (Disney Fried?)
    Authored by: Doc Possom on Friday, January 27 2006 @ 05:15 AM UTC
    I think the deep connection is that they are both experiential. dp
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    Disneyfied (Disney Fried?)
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