Monthly Archives: March 2013

S1:E1 of Twin Peaks

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Tom Chick on Sim City Societies and Conditioning

Some buildings apply conditioning, which pushes a citizen’s happiness level toward the middle. If your city is miserable, conditioning can be an effective way to keep everyone from rioting. It will tamp down the upper level of happiness as well. … Continue reading

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Vorpalizer on fantasy film and worldbuilding

The great temptation, the fatal temptation, of adult fans of fantastic fiction is the temptation of Law. We want the contents of our imagination taxonomied and classified, ordered and indexed, subject to rules and regulations. Gaps exist to be filled. … Continue reading

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On Kentucky Route Zero, Act 1

Warning: some vague spoilers about Kentucky Route Zero. This isn’t going to be long. I’m not going to address the comparisons to The Walking Dead that everyone is making (which I don’t understand at all). If you care about the conversation that has … Continue reading

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Quotidian Fiction Tweets About Philosophers

"Game one, de Landa!" Manuel yelled as he slammed the domino down. Bruno Latour babbled–"but, but, but"–and the crowd roared. — CMRN KNZLMN (@ckunzelman) January 7, 2013 Old Man Bogost looked out at the town. He could hear the stories … Continue reading

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Jessica Curry and Dan Pinchbeck on Dear Esther and thechineseroom

This is a great video of a talk by Curry and Pinchbeck where they just sort of nerd out and give a very long (45 minute) talk about the development of Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. It is very much worth … Continue reading

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“a Rockstar Problem in gaming”

i think there is definitely a Rockstar Problem in gaming right now (maybe always), with various dudes (white dudes) being elevated to Lead Singers essentially or even Brand Faces, maybelline-style, where there’s this mystique around the Cliffy Bs and Ken … Continue reading

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On Fictional People, Lies, and Underlying Processes

This is just a quick thing in order to get some tabs I off the top of my screen. Something I think about a lot is fiction and our attachment to it. Why do we like it? Psychoanalysis would give … Continue reading

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Bob Plant on Foucault on Sadomasochism

Let me be clear, I am not suggesting that S&M necessarily involves malice (or that its practitioners naturally harbor some ‘deep violence’), but rather that the possibility of such non-strategic eventualities has a productive function here. That a specific game could degenerate … Continue reading

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Released: My Rage is a Cloud that will Cover the Earth

The other day I was lamenting the fact that my rage at reading comments, articles, and the internet generally did not manifest itself into a physical cloud that could consume the earth.  Jeremy Griffith asked if this was going to … Continue reading

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