Response By

Kary Black

Ouija Board Set, early 1900s

wood Gift of George and Vera Tomlinson, 1978

Created in the mid-1800s, during a period of interest in spiritualism, the Ouija Board–a game or device for communicating with the spirit world–is today second only to Monopoly in sales.


Odd to respond to an early 20th-century Ouija board via a cloud-based word processor, with a grammar and spell-checking assistant.


Ghosts in the machine indeed.


Ouija boards are still well known and a testament that we want shared mystical moments. Or at least a good laugh and shared experience.


Digital entertainment pulls the same threads. Our best moments make the audiences laugh, scream, and occasionally cry.


Different media, different times, but their goals have a shared state of success.

Photo of Kary Black with beach in background

Kary Black is the Associate Art Director at Digital Extremes, a video game developer based in London. Studying a mix of film, video, holography, and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design , Kary now works in video game design, with a focus on layout, modeling, and texturing.