The Postmodern Puppeteer

Revisiting the idea of the videogamer as puppeteer:

What is interesting is that instead of strings controlling the puppet, there is a stream of digital bits travelling back-and-forth down the controller cord (and perhaps soon wirelessly?) to control the virtual character. Instead of the puppeteer using a complex series of arm, elbow and wrist movements to position the puppet, the code or combination of movements required to position the virtual character is now enacted by one's fingers and thumbs — one's digits.

So the controller's movements have transformed from originating in the core trunk muscles, down the limbs, to the digits. Perhaps in the future EEG signals will prevent any muscular movement from being necessary at all.


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