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Sunday, January 9 2011

Instant (Mixed) Messaging: How to Keep Online Chats from Becoming Personal Spats

Instant messaging is a quick and convenient way to chat, but a lot can be lost in translation.


Sunday, November 28 2010

The Best Flash Games of 2010

This has been an incredibly fruitful year for independent game design, featuring games that are beautiful to look at, funny as hell, and even a few that provoke pleasure even as they make us more than a little uncomfortable.


Sunday, November 7 2010

How Can I Be Me?: The Gamer’s Role in Interactive Fiction

As an interactive medium, the roles that we play in video games are just as dependent on how we approach a game as they are up to the developer. Neither side has total control over the experience, so there’s a constant tug-of-war between authority and autonomy.


Sunday, October 3 2010

Shattered Horrors: Fragmented Perspectives in ‘Fatal Frame 2’

Leaving the dark unspeakable evil unexplained is best because the moment that you reduce such horror to words or images, the player’s imagination no longer feeds it.


Monday, August 16 2010

Mountains of Men: The Mythology of the Male Body in Video Games

People like to talk about the changing dimensions of Lara Croft's chest over the course of years, but have you noticed the upper arm development of Ryu over just four Street Fighter games?


Monday, July 26 2010

Morality in Mystery Dungeon: ‘Shiren the Wanderer’

The moral of Shiren the Wanderer is one of the few that only a game can truly teach; aspects of the story, new locations, items, and characters all have far more emotional resonance if we have to struggle for them.


Sunday, July 11 2010

How Does One Beat the Heat? Try Descending Into Icy Madness

To cope with the heat wave, advisories suggest visiting 'cooling centers' or public pools. To achieve a truly chilled-out state of mind, however, why not open the door to your mind and let the iceman cometh inside?


Sunday, June 20 2010

Father’s Day Is Over, But Daddy Issues Remain in ‘Bioshock 2’ and ‘Red Dead Redemption’

Baby Boomer films such as Star Wars taught us about the corruptible and corrupting influence of an authoritarian father; now games like Bioshock 2 and Red Dead Redemption explore Generation X's “daddy issues”.


Monday, May 31 2010

My Own Private Architecture

When you get to know those hallways during your game experience, when you think of them as hubs wherein change occurs rather than mere passageways, that’s when the transition from a designed space to a personalized space begins.


Thursday, May 6 2010

Google Image Search: A Map of America

Do a Google Image search on virtually any American subject and you’ll get a whole lot of superheroes and villains.


Monday, April 5 2010

The Mass Appeal of Farmville

By integrating itself into Facebook’s social network, Farmville magnifies a sense of accomplishment because the challenges come from the way that you are perceived by a community, rather than on the whims of an unknown developer.


Tuesday, March 9 2010

Creator: Various

In comics not everyone can write nor draw (nor ink, color nor letter). So, there will always be 'great' works that cannot be attributed to a single talented contributor.


Monday, February 15 2010

Is Suda 51 the Alfred Hitchcock of Video Games?

While Suda 51's public persona is one manufactured within the kind of punk sensibility of a Johnny Rotten, it's still as carefully crafted as the celebrity auteurship of Alfred Hitchcock.


Monday, February 1 2010

The Art of Place in Hitman: Blood Money

A game isn’t just its content or game design alone, but rather, the space created when all these pieces come together.


Wednesday, January 13 2010

The ‘Assassins’ Religion

The Assassin's Creed games are interested in presenting a secular form of faith, suggesting that rationalism and faith can coexist despite their seemingly and sometimes contradictory elements.


Monday, December 7 2009

Farmville: Fetch Me My Manure Boots

The surging popularity of the virtual farming game 'FarmVille' seems to imply dissatisfaction with almost every aspect of modern life -- except maybe virtual reality.


Sunday, December 6 2009

Philip K. Dick’s Defense of Video Games

Philip K. Dick’s fiction is a defense of the validity of video games because despite the fact that they are not real, his stories argue that there is still something valid in the artificial.


Thursday, November 5 2009

Parent-Child Bonding: Video Games that Bridge the Generation Gap

Can Gen X parents bond with the newest generation of gamers given the ways that cooperative gameplay has changed over the years?


Monday, October 5 2009

Tools for the Job: Asserting Femininity in Super Metroid

Super Metroid is unique in that it is the only game in the series that addresses something distinctly female about Samus besides her looks: motherhood.


Thursday, September 17 2009

Comic Re-Imagining

Not all comic book adaptations are created equal, especially not when comparing our own imaginings with what actually happens when books are moved from print to screen.


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