Thursday, April 29, 2010

Video Games, Violence and Art (Extra Reading)

I stumbled across a pair of fantastic articles this week, and I think a few of you guys will definitely want to check them out (if you haven't already).

First, an article on the portrayal of Death and Violence in games. Sure we're used to seeing plenty of both in our games, but it hasn't all been an exercise in desensitizing ourselves. It's worth noting that certain games have portrayed death very seriously and emotionally.

Second, a somewhat longer article discussing the whole "Video Games / Art" thing in the wake of Ebert's follow-up argument. The debate itself might feel a little old to some of us, but Lincoln University's Grant Tavinor makes a strong argument for the artistic merit of video games. This article won't end the debate but, if you've been thinking about this issue a lot lately, you're definitely going to want to read this.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Games Worth Remembering

I was recently made aware of a youtube series by one of my viewers, titled: Games Worth Remembering. It's still new, only a few episodes in so far, but thoroughly enjoyable. Each episodes discusses a game which might not be wildly popular, but stands as a high point in gaming's history. So far he has covered Rez and Flower, and is currently in the middle of a two-part episode featuring Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

If you haven't played one of these games yet, watch the video. If you have, you might still want to just to remember what made these games so wonderful. I really want to go back and play all four of these now.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lecture Update: Almost Done!

At long last, I have found a window of time to work on a new episode. I've spent most of the last three days working on the thing, and it's well over half finished. I think I can have it done within a week.

Thanks a lot for your patience, guys! You're all very, very good sports.