Archive for the ‘Casual Posting’ Category

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Tactical Facepalm

October 31, 2009

tactical_facepalmIt has been a while since I posted on the blog. I find it unfortunate that this current debacle with the marketing campaign for Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 will be my first blog post in a long, long time. If you want more information on the subject I suggest you follow these links for perspective on both the developers, community, and persons effected by the kind of offensive rhetoric being brought to the forefront in this video. Vorpal Bunny Ranch, Brainy Gamer, Sarcastic Gamer, While !Finished, Developer Response. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Small talk, high concept

May 15, 2009

largeAnd with that, I have finally returned dear reader. First and foremost I would like to apologize for the drought of content on this site of late. Unlike many of my fellow university blogging cohorts, I do not have the foresight to offer the same professionalism of time management to plan out and write posts ahead of time. But I would like to thank all of you that continue to diligently return to read postings and look forward to an update on the site. Now with the summer season upon us I hope to post more regularly, frequently, and periodically for your liking. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Critical-Distance and the CDC Podcast

April 21, 2009

podcast_ctap_smallThis will be the only time I will ever shill for this program on this blog. But I have just produced a podcast for Critical Distance. Subscription links to subscribe via iTunes as well as the cast credits and show notes will be at the website weekly as more episodes are released. So sit back and listen to many of my fellow associates that have been linked to my site. It was a shaky start but I am certain once we all get into the routine of things this will be a pantheon for intelligent conversations on a medium we all care about immensely. For now you can head over to the RSS link to listen to the podcast: http://critical-distance.mypodcast.com/rss.xml

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Pennsylvania Polka

April 6, 2009

groundhogI have to apologize for the dry run of activity on this blog. As the final weeks of class are on the horizon and I have been busy with some personal matters, you—neglected reader—probably have been wondering what has happened? Well, fret no more because I have been pondering some new exciting material for the site once the summer season sets in. In the mean time I thought a little fun post would suffice. I meant to post this story a couple of weeks ago when it was timelier but alas my procrastination and oversight have failed me once again. Rather than wait another year to finally make this little critique public, I feel that since it recently snowed in my hometown of Chicago I feel that this story is quite appropriate, offering no better opportunity to investigate one our the earliest videogame movies: Harold Ramis’s comedy classic Groundhog Day. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Why graphics still matter

March 21, 2009

far-cry-2I finally made the plunge and updated my PC. After months and months and scrimping and waiting for bargain deals to pop-up online I finally have the components to completely upgrade my gaming rig. Looking back, it has taken over a year to collect all the parts necessary. The final result is I can run DirectX 10. Immediately after booting up the new hardware with the most updated drivers and I checked on a few older games I had in my library to see the difference. Though I was happy with the results it was not until I began running Far Cry 2 that it really hit me: graphics matter. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reiteration, remediation, & recourse (Part 2)

March 14, 2009

madbraidI spoke last time about reiteration without touching upon the importance of remediation. Especially for new media, remediation functions as an access point presenting the new with the familiar. It is no surprise that we see in videogames the necessity to invoke and relate to the cinematic experience as a starting point for new gamers. The advent of music games, Wii titles, and casual games are perfect examples of using these sorts of access points to introduce a new audience. But while remediation functions wonderfully in new media, its use in game design is questionable. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reiteration, remediation, & recourse (Part 1)

March 11, 2009

gameboysHaving recently completed Resident Evil 5, it became apparent to me how the game is structured in both narrative and mechanically almost identical to the previous Resident Evil installment. This posting, however, will not be a discussion about the game but instead, something that has continued to nag at my brain for the past couple of weeks: the notion of reiteration in videogames or rather, more specifically, the philosophy of technological development that has “plagued” game design and mechanics for these past decades. Read the rest of this entry ?