Sunday, January 1 1995
When you ask someone to read three pages of The Scarlet Letter and time how fast they can read it, you are rewarding speed over understanding.
There is inherently no joy to be gleaned from navigating through a conversation tree.
The game is still about the white-knuckle intensity of finishing a race first combined with the visceral thrill of causing an opponent to crash into oncoming traffic.
What this game does so well is that it makes you actually feel like a WWII soldier, something that very few games have accomplished.
But the Scoobies have expanded the tv series, to include character study and analysis of the bonds of humankind.
Boston Public is, in short, a view of high school that dovetails with conservatives' worst fears: here, teachers can't teach because the students are too horny and violent to learn.
Given Buffy's track record for playing with conventions, there may be hope for Dawn Summers on the horizon, but as of now she is definitely the Scrappy-Doo of the Scooby Gang.
Race has been the most compelling narrative and political theme in previous Blade iterations, and it appears to be the case again.
The genie of wholesale civilian slaughter is clearly out of the bottle for good, no matter the attempts to bowdlerize it away into forgotten history, or the indignant objections of those who insist 'we' did not 'bring this on ourselves.'