Have a Nice Game

Nowadays, zoom becomes one of the main tools we use in schools, and the word "Zoom Fatigue" is often brought up describing the tiredness, worry, or burnout associated with overusing virtual communication platforms. Indeed the Zoom version of everyday life is routine, isolated, and repetitive. Since the beginning of 2020, we all might have joined hundreds if not thousands of Zoom meetings. We might not still be sitting on the same chair, might not still be working on the same project, but are still joining, staring, and leaving the same grid over and over again. Time seems to be frozen in Zoom, but we all know it is not.

In Murakami Haruki's Pinball,1973, he used the phrase "Where there's an entrance, there's got to be an exit" to describe the repetitiveness of pinball machines. I feel like the pinball rules can also be applied to Zoom:

“The pinball game/Zoom is easy. You hit start/join, you linger around/stare around, and you die/leave, then you start/join again. Easy. This repetitive cycle, though short, is endless. You can start as a new ball/new guest every time you messed up. There is nothing to lose...”

However, is the Zoom version of life this easy? Is your presentation got listened to by the people behind the grid? Is the connection you build with people over Zoom still real after the Zoom room collapses? Will you remember the Zoom school year as vividly as the rest?

“…There is nothing to lose, neither nothing to gain. You are just passing the time.”

To answer those questions, I asked myself to bring the Zoom game into a physical scenario. I proposed to you the Pinball Museum. Have a nice game.