Wednesday, March 24 2004
Mainstream (and some non-mainstream) games' re-articulation of the dominant perspectives regarding the War On Terror makes it all the more important that there are alternative games attempting to subvert this process . . . If you can become a Palestinian, Israeli, Spanish or Iraqi civilian, adopt the role of an American GI or British squaddie, if you can assume the role of a general or president, you might understand better the world in which you live.
As privacy fades, so do intimacy, personal safety, and self-esteem (mental health) and with them social cohesion.
Wednesday, March 10 2004
The always-predictable Republican campaign strategists know that even during a time of war and economic distress, there's nothing like a little gay bashing to divide the country.
Britain is nonetheless witnessing the steady rise of a collection of youthful female challengers who might just catch the attention of American ears before the year is out.
Monday, March 1 2004
A hardcore advocate of free speech, Sawyer gives a close listen to hip-hop's homophobic spittin'.
In a game, someone triumphs and somebody or something loses: we laugh with good reason at the absurdity of the Caucus-race in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland when the Dodo concludes that, 'Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.'
Politics and Culture/East and West -- The Iowa caucuses disenfranchise a person who, despite being politically active, would prefer to act -- that is 'vote'.
Wednesday, February 11 2004
The cultural flexibility for which South Asian cricket stands... is what will ultimately turn away the dark forces of the war-mongering, chauvinist nationalists.
Bloodwork -- As an 'empowered' medical consumer, your life depends on choosing the proper drug. Do you want to make the decision based on which of the Norman Rockwell images rendered in television advertisements is most appealing?
Behavior changes are reminiscent of psychosis and, biochemically speaking, passionate love closely imitates substance abuse.
Wednesday, February 4 2004
Disregard the 'windshield cowboy's' twangy tough talk, and remember the disturbing realities being perpetrated by the guy who's really in charge.
25 years later, the Revolution in Iran still reverberates; sending shockwaves through the bones of the exiled.
Wednesday, January 28 2004
If the world continues heading in the disastrous direction it's adopted since the turn of the millennium, video game renderings of key world cities may be all our descendants have to go on as a guide to the recent past.
Japan is so much more than simply a handful of groups characterized by crystal-clear definitions and cut-and-dried allegiances: male, female; 'enka', rock; wheat tea, Coca-Cola; 'kimono', blue jeans.
Those latterday Citizen Kanes -- continue to believe that a policy of chop and change, axe and launch, re-think, re-design and rally, is the best means to hold our attention.
Wednesday, January 21 2004
We are prisoners in the universe of our emotions; our weapons of language are useless.
Wednesday, January 14 2004
Japanese popular culture now exerts a significant economic (and, by extension, political) force on the world markets.
Are South African critics indeed displeased that Coetzee won, or is their kind of smarmy sensationalism going on, like a backhanded nod of national pride?
Wednesday, January 7 2004
Then, at Christmas, I received my first video game . . . Suddenly I wasn't watching Harrison Ford act out Han Solo or playing with a tiny plastic doll of Han Solo: I was Han Solo.
You don't have to dress up, watch your weight, or worry about that zit on your chin, and you get paid a great chunk of change.