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Wednesday, June 22 2011

This Is Your Brain on YouTube

We seem headed towards a videosphere that captures and subdues the totality of human activity like some goopy, billion-eyed, grass-roots-driven surveillance cam.


Thursday, June 16 2011

Great Games and Podcasts for Summer

Yes, summer is about being in the great outdoors, but that doesn't mean you have to stop gaming. PopMatters writers recommend several of our favorite summer gaming diversions.


Sunday, May 15 2011

The Retirement of a Gen X Gamer, or My 8-Bit Childhood

I've searched my last castle for that careless princess. After more than a quarter century as a gamer, this Gen Xer is hanging up the controller for good.


Thursday, March 24 2011

‘The Art of Immersion’: From Frank Rose’s Book on How Digital Generation Is Changing Our World

Alternate reality games such as Why So Serious? are a new kind of interactive fiction, one that blurs the line between entertainment and advertising, as well as between fiction and reality, in ways barely imagined a decade earlier.


“What a Crazy Random Happenstance”: Destiny and Free Will in ‘Dr. Horrible’

Among other things, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog provides a meditation on good and evil and the role that choice plays in embracing one or the other.


Joss Whedon 101:  “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”

From the moment it first hit the Internet in the summer of 2008, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog received near universal acclaim as one of the web's first great creations. With Whedon proclaiming that his future work will be direct to Internet rather than TV, this could be the shape of Whedon's work to come.


Wednesday, December 1 2010

Gun Control: The Video Game Obsession with the Sword and the Gun

The key observation to be made about the evolution of games into the violent extravaganzas of today is that, if you change the controller, you change everything.


Tuesday, August 17 2010

Utopie in Berlin: An Interview with Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien, the longtime German electronica producer who has spent much of her career DJing to packed clubs in Berlin and around the world, talks to PopMatters about her latest album, crazy politicians and the status quo of dance music today.


Tuesday, May 25 2010

Brenda Brathwaite: Message in the Machine

Brenda Brathwaite embodies computer games. She punctuates her sentences with sound effects, like "boom" and "bang" and dissects her life into "levels" and "rounds".


Monday, February 1 2010

The Cult of Kindle and the Myth of Digital Utopia

If I could read more with a Kindle, it stood to reason that I wasn’t reading enough without one. Getting and consuming increasingly MORE information is an end in of itself these days.


Tuesday, September 29 2009

The New American Spook Country

Spook Country is about America’s loss of innocence, its various ways of remembering the past, and an attempt to find a way of reconciling those memories with the present.


Wednesday, June 17 2009

The New Games Journalism

The most useful moments for New Games Journalists are ones that occur in multiplayer, describing experiences that could never occur during just a general session of play.


Tuesday, May 26 2009

Remembering the Orphan: Final Fantasy VIII

Warts and all, the ambitious push to expand video game storytelling found in Final Fantasy VIII deserves a closer look at this too-often neglected franchise entry.


Thursday, April 23 2009

Reinventing the Music Box (Again)

FM3 updated its minimalist masterpiece to include new loops and a fun new pitch controller. But where does this progression stop, and what does it mean to the Buddha Machine's reputation as an instrument of simplicity?


Thursday, April 16 2009

On Evas and Angels: Postmodern Fantasy Devotion to Neon Genesis Evangelion

More than a decade after its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as a cultural icon in Japan. Understanding how it made such a lasting impact gives us a window onto Japanese social history and fandom.


Tuesday, March 17 2009

Does Video Game Criticism Need a Pauline Kael?

Kael, much like video game critics today, was faced with a massive philosophical shift in her chosen artistic medium that large quantities of critics were against.


Sunday, November 30 2008

Does Video Game Criticism Need a Lester Bangs?

Part of the reason Lester Bangs was a great rock critic was because he reflected the virtues and vices of his medium. Yet as a critic Bangs provided a lot of personal standards that could be easily applied to multiple mediums.


Wednesday, October 22 2008

The New YouTube Game Criticism: An Interview with “moviebob”

"Working on the web is a great motivator...if you screw up and forget that Stanley the Bug Man was the hero in Donkey Kong 3 instead of Mario there's going to be twelve guys all lined up to correct you."


Sunday, August 3 2008

DHARMA’s Bent Reality: The Video Game Sensibility of Lost

Perhaps the most complete and fascinating assimilation of video game-type content into a different medium at a deep and thorough level occurs within the narrative world of the popular television show Lost.


Tuesday, July 15 2008

Redefining the Game: A Look at Machinima

"Whatever we're doing, it's all story telling -- and if the story's bad then the appeal can't last to the gamer crowd let alone anyone else."


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