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Why Boccaccio's 'The Decameron' Can Help Guide Us Through COVID-19

Rather than write about death and the world unfolding in the throes of the Black Plague, Giovanni Boccaccio instead wrote about the utopian potential of storytelling.

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Overt Gender Politics Makes 'Molly's Game' Seem Like a Timely Film

Molly is a storyteller. Storytellers are artists, fabricators, and cultural arbitrators. They run games.

Games

Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Storytelling in War Games

Conflict is necessary for storytelling, and video games have often used one of the most overt representations of conflict possible to tell their tales, the battlefield.

Games

Even a Slot Machine Can Tell a Story

When done right, a match-three puzzle can be as strategic as any other form of RPG combat, and even a slot machine can tell a story.

Games

Storytelling Engines: The Story Arc Has Ended and Yet the Game Keeps Going

Adventurers come and go in some video games, meaning that sometimes the only narrative element that remains consistent in such games is the boss.

Games

Stories We Tell

You know the story. You’ve lived the story, and you're destined to relive it again and again.

Comics

The Visual Blitz in Graphic Novel 'Babble'

Comics artist Bryan Coyle drafts recollection and current day settings in 'Babble' with the use of powerful aesthetic shifts.

Film

You Can't Escape Your Future or Your Past

In storytelling, the past dictates the future. Plots are laid out like traps that our heroes inevitably fall into. And we, watching Bruce Willis in Looper, or reading of Dream in The Sandman, are thus fated, as well.

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The Trials of an Unlovable Loser: 'Dark Horse'

The new film by Todd Solondz finds the notorious director of Happiness and Storytelling being surprisingly compassionate -- gentle, even.

Books

'The Secret Lives of Buildings' & the Oft Egotistical & Obsessive People Behind Them

Edward Hollis is a stylistic illusionist, adopting a variety of voices and storytelling modes as he weaves his tales of dreams, ambitions, follies, and ruins.

Games

We Need to Stop Saying That Games Tell Bad Stories

Not because they don't -- but for another reason entirely.

Games

Moving Pixels Podcast: War Stories in Video Games, or Lovin' the Battlefield

With a focus on combat and bloodshed, many games find themselves telling stories about human struggle of the most calamitous kind. This week the Moving Pixels podcast discusses war stories told in video games.

Comics

A Modern Promethea: Mike Carey and Peter Gross Pen the Unwritten

Story these days is a battlefield, and Mike Carey and Peter Gross are the new generals.


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