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by Sean Miller

5 Oct 2015

An example of the imagery used in Cornbread's marketing campaign.

I moved back to Portland, Oregon from Singapore a few years ago. Much to my delight, I’m learning that this temperately coniferous town is a hothouse of digital creativity. It hosts the well-attended TechFestNW, as well as the XOXO Festival, “an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology”, which has proven an underground hit and is currently in its fourth year. Portland is also home to the Portland Code School and PDX Creative Coders, a collective that boasts a membership of over 750 aspiring and established app artists.

At the heart of this growing ecosystem of indie digirati sits a small but influential agency called Neologic, headed by Corey Pressman and Jaime Genarro. Pressman is a former academic with a PhD in cultural anthropology. Genarro is a veteran of the internet marketing world. Part of Neologic’s magic is its commitment to serious play.

by Nick Dinicola

2 Oct 2015

It’s October and it’s Friday, which can only mean it’s time for Indie Horror Month to begin! This year we’re starting out with another mobile game or at least a game that I played on a mobile device. It’s also available on PC, but surprisingly the mobile version is the better experience.

by Scott Juster

1 Oct 2015

If you want to play Metal Gear Solid V stealthily, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the dirt. Of course, sometimes you’ll mix it up and get up close and personal with mud, grass, or concrete, but the point is that avoiding detection requires you to emulate Snake’s animal namesake. It makes for a slow, methodical experience that forces you to pay attention to the game’s intricate mechanics and the subtleties of its open world.

by G. Christopher Williams

30 Sep 2015

I am once again teaching one of my favorite courses this semester, an upper division course that I run every couple of years called Violence in Literature and Film. Among novels like Crime & Punishment and Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant and horrific Blood Meridian and films like Old Boy and A Clockwork Orange, my students and I are also reading Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most vile play Titus Andronicus.

Since I am not a Shakespeare specialist, I was brushing up the other evening on my knowledge of the Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge tragedy by reading a number of essays including a kind of quick and dirty encyclopedic entry on the topic over at Shakespeare Online. The essay notes some of the more common and more horrific types of subject matter presented in plays written in this mode, including “cannibalism, incest, rape, and violent death” (of which Titus Andronicus includes three out of those four elements and additionally offers dismemberment, which, like most of its other elements, is intended to occur on stage, right before the audience’s eyes).

by G. Christopher Williams

29 Sep 2015

I’ve written about video games for more than 10 years. During that time, I’ve talked about sex in video games, religion in video games, representations of masculinity in video games, representations of femininity in video games, politics in video games, clothing styles in video games, economic issues in video games, morality in video games,  violence in video games, self identity in video games, death in video games, reproduction in video games, but I have never written a single article about dogs in video games.

To be honest when trying to remember games in which I had encountered dogs in the past, I had a pretty difficult time. I remembered that Grand Theft Auto V featured a Rottweiler named Chop that you could hang out with if you wanted to. I didn’t get into Chop much, despite him representing a breed that I’m rather fond of. He seemed like too much of a hassle to play around with much. His mechanics and value weren’t intuitive to me, so I quickly abandoned the idea of developing a relationship between he and Franklin. I had more important matters to attend to in that game. I also remembered that another Rockstar game, Bully, had a mission in which a dog figured quite heavily, and I remembered that Fallout 3 had a dog in it, but that’s a game that I only played a small chunk of, so I don’t know that much about Rex. Beyond that, I found myself struggling to think of any other dogs in games.

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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