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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Fighting games are more deeply centered on physical movement than any other game genre and that focus highlights the myriad of ways that motion can be presented.

It’s strange what can become normal when disbelief is suspended. So much of what is culturally understood about guns, government, science, other people, and so on is informed by the liberties taken by popular fiction. Fiction reflects reality. People can tell fiction from reality, but each still informs the other. Video games have tried with varying degrees of success to capture a somewhat accurate reflection of reality in a number of ways, but one area that they still tend to fall short in is in portraying a sense of physicality. Digital avatars are most often a neutral blob of pixels waiting to be unceremoniously shredded apart, or they are inorganic and plastic representations with barely any feeling of tangibility (Mark Filipowich, “The Gamer’s Dressing Room”, Game Church, 14 January 2014.). Graphical fidelity feels like a natural excuse, but the relatively low-fi Walking Dead series is able to communicate the pain, exhaustion, and physical terror of its characters through the smallest audiovisual cues and Twine artists like Merritt Kopas and Kaitlin Tremblay are also talented at communicating a sense of physical presence in their textually based games.


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
Basement Jaxx has dropped a new video for a tune off of its upcoming LP JUNTO, the twerk-obsessed "Never Say Never."

Whether “Never Say Never”—the latest video from the British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx—is a critique of the recent cultural obsession with twerking or just a comedic bit of dance-themed science fiction is not clear. What is clear, however, is that it’s a tantalizing slice of what’s to come from the duo, who is on the path to releasing its latest studio venture, JUNTO.


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
"There goes a narwhal!" is one of the B-52's most memorable lines, and, believe it or not, is what got John Lennon back into songwriting. Really.

Lots of trouble! Lots of bubble! This is the song that made John Lennon want to make music again.


No, really.


“Rock Lobster” is a landmark song on several fronts. For one, it was the B-52’s first-ever single, released in 1978, and the song that gained them a cult following prior to landing their record deal. Even more than that, “Rock Lobster” has endured the test of time better than more seriously-minded fare from the same era, getting somewhat of a revival during its use in a 2005 episode of Family Guy, and Yoko Ono has even joined the band onstage to make creature noises more than a few times. Between this and “Love Shack”, “Rock Lobster” is one of the B-52’s most iconic songs, bar none.


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
Reading Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13 triggers familiar memories of Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead, only some of them warm and comforting.

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The Road Ahead, if you read it when it first came out, felt bold and optimistic and you by extension, if you read it right, felt imbued with a sense of It Can Be Done. But back in 1995, the more radical tech visionaries and evangelists bit their tongues in a silent grudge—that perhaps The Road Ahead’s vision didn’t go far enough, that perhaps its vision of integrating tech into a fundamentally unchanged social system didn’t quite harness the real promise of computing.


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
This week our podcasters continue to traverse the surreal highways and byways of Kentucky Route Zero, as we focus in on its third act.

The surreal world of Kentucky Route Zero continues to fascinate and confound with the release of its third act.


This episode we discuss this act along with the interlude between it and the previous one, The Entertainment.


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