Saturday, February 28, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
This post emerged as a result of my fascination with a mechanic in a boardgame that I played recently, the Eurogame Bora Bora, that concerned differing outcomes for activating male and female "workers" in the game. Eurogames often include abstracted forms of people that serve as agents of action in the game. However, rarely are such pieces marked for gender.
All of that got me thinking a bit more about gender markers in digital spaces. Hence, my, perhaps, absurd, but hopefully "provocative enough to get people clicking" thesis "that the new Lara Croft might be the best example of androgyny in gaming."
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
The greatest couple in video games is really Walt the dog from Valiant Hearts and everyone else that he meets. However, here are a few additional thoughts on notable examples of digital love:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Occasionally a title for an essay occurs to me that makes me then want to write an essay that justifies that title. This is the case with "A Brief History of Crime." The phrase popped into my head, and then I realized that I could write an essay on the history of criminal motivation in Grand Theft Auto and make a point as a result of doing so.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
I am very, very seldom in the present.
I think that I am doing something terribly wrong.
(An addendum: Mostly, the few times that I do spend in the present are when I am in a classroom. I don't "think" when I teach. I just am. I grapple with what is in front of me and nothing more. My thoughts don't intrude there.).
(I'd insert the scene from I Heart Huckabees in which Mark Wahlberg hits himself in the face with a dodgeball repeatedly, but I can't find it on YouTube. Oh, the humanity.).
Thursday, February 5, 2015
While I don't feel strongly about their current campaign's indictment of 50 Shades of Gray (I'll be "boycotting" the film anyway, but that's simply because I think its material is garbage), they are correct that hurting girls isn't sexy, and, again, I think donating to their cause is an excellent use of resources. These people are doing something important for other people.
My prayers are with them and with the girls that they help.