Archive | May, 2010

Mount & Blade & Simulation

E very few months, I inevitably load up Mount&Blade. It’s one of those games that remains perpetually installed on my computer, that I would never dare to delete in case I’m struck by the urge to play. I’ve had this relationship with Mount&Blade for about 6 years now. (Ignore the game’s alleged 2008 release date; it’s [...]

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Star Wars: Dark Forces

O ne advantage of the primitive (or, more generously, blossoming) state of video game design is that it’s easy to contextualize pretty much any given game. When we talk about a first-person shooter, we can easily identify its place among Wolfenstein, Doom, Halo, etc. The pillars of this genre are so prominent and such indisputable [...]

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Sometimes The President Isn’t Talking Directly To You

O bama has received an extraordinary amount of criticism from the tech, gaming, and blogging media regarding recent comments he made during a commencement speech to the graduating class at Hampton University. Most critics quote the following: With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather [...]

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