I just bought a Nexus 10. After conducting my usual new gadget routine – reading the manual cover to cover, gleefully pulling off stickers and huffing all the new electronics smells – I went in search of games to see exactly how far mobile computing has come. I saw some very pretty and impressive stuff – mobile platforms truly are only a half generation behind modern consoles – and I’m not playing any of it. Instead, I’m totally sucked in to Knights of Pen and Paper, a poorly translated, retro-styled faux 16-bit tabletop D&D simulator. This is how I choose to use my astoundingly powerful mobile computer; my flat obelisk of technological fetishism; my new device literally straight out of Star Trek; the most recent avatar of mankind’s veritable stampede of progress…and I use it to emulate thirty year old technology that is, in itself, emulating some paper, dice, and friends.
Society used to make fun of nerds for being so socially inept that we played D&D on Saturday nights with our friends, instead of doing penis-and-vagina stuff at house parties. Now nerds are more accepted than ever, to the point that we have nerd simulators.
Good lord. I’m…a meta-nerd.