Bob Dylan played yesterday night in Punta del Este, a resort on the eastern side of Uruguay. It was the second time he was here (the first time I was a teenager, I had no idea who he was and ended up in the concert because a friend of mine had an extra ticket). Last time I saw Dylan playing was in Corvallis, Oregon, the day the war in Afghanistan started (not surprisingly, he opened with Blowin' in the Wind).
Yesterday's concert was very nice and it was a blessing to be so close to the stage (the audience was probably only 3 or 4 thousand people, because he was playing in a hotel.) This time I wasn't planning to attend neither (couldn't get tickets in time) but my friend Pablo had an small accident and he was kind enough to call on his way to the hospital so his tickets would not be lost. Thanks Pablo!)
Anyway, this long introduction is actually game related. I was just browsing some Dylan stories online, and found a quote from Bruce Springsteen. It's from the speech he gave when Dylan was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "Bob freed your mind the way Elvis freed your body. He showed us that just because music was innately physical did not mean that it was anti-intellectual."
The quote reminded me of videogames (ok, most of things remind me of videogames :) Nintendo is playing Elvis, by reminding us that play is innately physical. That's actually one of the main topics of my PhD dissertation (which, I know, it's not yet online, I promise to work on that): play is mostly about performance. And that's a lesson from our childhood playgrounds that we had forgotten and the Nintendos and Harmonix of this world are reminding us of. But, as The Boss said, being innately physical doesn't mean that it has to be anti-intellectual. I'm dying to play those games.