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Quadrilateral Cowboy (PC Game) [Open Letter Series]

Hey Dylan,
Quadrilateral Cowboy was, for me, interesting in that it combined a sort of dystopian technocratic future with a puzzle game that, in terms of its own mechanics, was more serious (it made me think of The Witness, only insofar as how non-casual it sees itself as a puzzle game).  It’s hard not to analogize, like a more serious Portal. […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|2 Comments

1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC Game) [Open Letter Series] #2

Hey Dylan,
With player agency and games, we obviously run the gamut. I have played games where the apparent player agency doesn’t exist (e.g.,  it turns out that your character is lying regardless of what you choose in the dialog box). There’s the basic agency to continue, as opposed to turning off the computer. There are minor deviations, major deviations, and […]

By |September 28th, 2016|Hey Dylan, PC Games|3 Comments

Cameraperson (film)

The film Cameraperson is a memoir by documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, perhaps most famous for the documentary Citizenfour. The film, which is comprised of footage she has shot over the years for different documentaries, ran the risk of being a “clips movie,” and in fact it does take the viewer a few minutes to cotton […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Film and TV, Media|0 Comments

1979 Revolution: Black Friday (PC Game) [Open Letter Series]

[Note: This is a reply to a letter written by Dylan Holmes over at his blog, as part of a game blogging series we are doing monthly. This month, we are discussing 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – a game about Iran in 1979. In addition, his response to this letter can be found here, and I finish […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Hey Dylan, Media, Non-Fiction, PC Games, Uncategorized|3 Comments

The Administration of Identity Vs. The Experience of Identity (A Series, Part 2 of 4)

{Spoilers for BOY MEETS WORLD and for the new film, “Don’t Think Twice.”}

I came across this meme on Facebook not too long ago. I reposted it with the note: “Unless you legitimately want to, in which case, you do you.” To my surprise, there was a lot of backlash. For many people commenting on the […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Humanities & Social Thought, Media, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Richard & Alice (PC Game) [Open Letter Series] #2

Author’s Note: this is the third letter in a series about the PC game, Richard and Alice. The first letter can be found here, the second — written by Dylan Holmes — can be found here.
Dylan’s response to the letter you are looking at right now can be found here. (Spoilers abound.)

Hey Dylan,
Yes, I also […]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Hey Dylan, Media, PC Games|3 Comments

Richard & Alice (PC Game) [Open Letter Series]

Hey Dylan,
I finished Richard & Alice on Saturday, and I was impressed with the creative use of time in the game. The opening especially, with the scene between the dad and son, and the flash forward to the jail, interspersed with the title shot and credits, struck me as sort of cinematic in terms of […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Hey Dylan, Media, PC Games|3 Comments

Broken Age (PC Game)

Broken Age from Double Fine Productions ($25 on Steam) is a point-and-click adventure by Tim Schafer, who is well known for games like Psychonauts, Monkey Island and Grim Fandango. This style of game involves no combat, is story based, and has puzzles that move the narrative forward. What make Schafer’s games wonderful and charming is the eccentric, […]

By |August 5th, 2016|Media, PC Games|0 Comments

Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart (Book)

Silent Hall (Kindle: $6.99 Paperback: $7.99) is a classic fantasy novel written by a dear friend from my college days. The novel is written for a new generation of readers, while hearkening back to some familiar themes. As I began this book, I immediately recognized the internal sensation that is discordant with most fantasy published in 2016, the sensation of comfort. […]

By |June 13th, 2016|Books, Media, Public Librarianship|2 Comments

The Saber in the Snow: An American Myth (Star Wars: The Force Awakens review)

On Christmas day, 2015, I went to the theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Key on every viewer’s mind was the question of why The Force Awakens seemed to have the exact same plot as A New Hope, the first of the original Star Wars movies, released in 1977. This essay will assert that the […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Film and TV, Media, Non-Fiction, Star Wars|2 Comments