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Some Gamer Culture Bugbears of Mine

417d ago ... In this blog, I’d like to talk about just three of the many things about gamer culture that perennially bother me. I’ll talk about them separately, but I think these three things are actually quite intimately related. Alas though I don’t think I have the space to engage in such a comparative study, so readers might try to connect the dots for themselves. I think I certainly allude to those conn...

The Corporate Co-option of Indies and the Subordination of Creativity and Positive Subversion

449d ago ... Creativity, experimentation, innovation. These things give rise to new frontiers in human consciousness, as well as challenging our most stubborn of assumptions. For when something genuinely "new" is made, it creates a new space in culture; it channels a new voice to be heard by the world that was either unknown prior to its creation, or was silenced or suppressed. Creativity and experimenta...

Gamer / Industry Conservatism and the N4G Libertarian Majority

468d ago ... Disclaimer: This is not an attack on n4g or its moderators. It is a CRITIQUE of CERTAIN elements within its community not with the intent to have a censor brought upon them, but with the intent to generate positive cultural pressure. To appeal to the mods for censorship is pretty much akin to state intervention which isn’t appropriate here. I find it good that they provide a channel for multipl...

Some Things to Remember about Videogame Violence, and about Actual Violence.

508d ago ... THE OBVIOUS (but perhaps overlooked). 1. You don't get "xp" or "money" followed by a cool sound-effect and some HUD animations whenever you kill a person in real life. There is no reward. (CoD, Farcry 3) 2. If you think it would be "easy" or "cool" to kill another person you've probably been playing way too much video games, and watching way too many television shows and films. Nor is it...

The Diminution of Consumer Rights Accompanying the New Generation of Consoles

558d ago ... I posted a comment on that recent article about why PS Plus is better than Xbox Live, or in other words, why it isn’t hypocritical for customers of Sony to embrace PS Plus’s evolution into something more akin to Xbox Live, when they previously berated such a system. This is the same comment, greatly extended, and in blog form because I figured I was pretty late to the article and no one would s...

The Ideal Final Fantasy VII Remake

621d ago ... In the history of videogames, Final Fantasy VII stands as one of the most important. This is a self-evident truth I don't need to elaborate on. However, a lot of people acculturated to the empty, graphics showcases that comprise "next-gen" videogames, don't really understand the importance of Final Fantasy VII, let alone how damn good it is. A lot of people can't get past the retro-ness of it,...
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