info I contact
editorial schedule
join the realtime email list
become a friend of realtime on facebook
follow realtime on twitter

magazine  archive  features  rt profiler  realtimedance  mediaartarchive


game, game, game and again game

Click through to game, game, game and again game:

Ugly, cramped, jittery, this site is seriously un-co (and so are you). Jason Nelson wipes away a slate of clean net design to create a wittily deformed game, each click a chance to battle or create chaos. Stretch out your donkey-kong-fingers and hit the arrow keys and spacebar to fight. An internal struggle erupts between your need to read the exploding and shimmying poetics versus your pacman-alertness to get to the next round. Maybe it’s worth keeping on dying (that’s my excuse anyway) as you crash and burn into the evil blue squiggle — ‘come on and meet your maker’ an android voice seduces you lovingly — so you get the chance to hang around and read. Managing to pass Level One you fall into the sun. You become The Fundamentalist. Next level brings you to The Faithful: when you hit the video icon, an animated church splits in half; a Super 8 memory fragment shows a mother with a little girl who starts to cry. (Maybe she doesn’t want to hang out with god on an easy-like-a Sunday morning.) Now you’ve sold your soul the next level up is Real Estate Agent (which is only fair) but what-comes-around-goes-around because at Buddhist Level you find that you can’t play at all; you’ve lost all control. Hands off zen mastery and ommm. Primary school gaming at recess kicks in and pays off as you embrace dollar signs to become a Capitalist. Chemist Level brings hallucinatory, delusionary, what-the? and you disappear into drug-infused squirly 60s dots. Where am I? You scream at the screen. But you never quite make it. Flex your mario-brothers-knuckles and start at the start, start, start and, again, start.

Kirsten Krauth

Queensland net artist Jason Nelson’s site has lots of projects to play with including a pokie machine for predicting death.