Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category

Is Play Endorsement? Gaming and Personal Responsibility (Part 2)

Part one of this series can be found here. Most of us naturally think of our characters as an of extension of our selves, at least to some degree. This is more true in the age of first-person perspective games. Even if we don’t think of our characters as ‘us,’ we do become attached...
February 4th, 2013 | Film, Gaming | Read More

Is Play Endorsement? Gaming and Individual Responsibility (Part 1)

This is part one in a two-part series I’m doing on video games and endorsement. Check back on Monday for the conclusion. Brett McCracken covered the question of depiction in film as endorsement rather expertly–as he usually does–over at Mere Orthodoxy. The question came up surrounding...
February 1st, 2013 | Film, Gaming | Read More

Violent Video Games and Linearity: What Our Choices Can Teach Us

If thrust into a game where the choices aren’t mine to make, violence (even horrifying violence) ends up making a statement about what that game’s creators are trying to express more than it makes a statement about me the player being forced into a role. […] I don’t believe that game violence...
January 24th, 2013 | Gaming | Read More

Tutorials in Video Games and in Film

Every now and then, I stumble across a blog that is doing work I find intrinsically fascinating, but that seems either relatively unknown or is covering a topic that is relatively untapped. I’m a fan of philosophy, and a fan of gaming, but rarely do the two meet. Someone recently linked to an article...
December 13th, 2012 | Gaming | Read More

“Wreck-It Ralph”: Video Games on the Big Screen

Wreck-It Ralph is a movie that simply couldn’t have existed five years ago. Well, maybe it could have, but it wouldn’t have been successful. There’s been a culture shift, related to both gamers and more broadly to the internet age, that allows movies like this to exist and succeed....
November 9th, 2012 | Film, Gaming | Read More

Teaching with Portals: Why Gaming may have Educational Value

If you are a gamer, at least one who is not exclusively tied to consoles, this last week was potentially painful. It was a blissful sort of pain, though, since Steam’s now famous Summer Sale happened. Many gamers flock and buy what would constitute tons of discs worth of entertainment, were it...
July 24th, 2012 | Culture, Education, Featured, Gaming | Read More

Thoughtfully Gaming

I’ve written about the usefulness of gaming at least once before, and I was primarily arguing that happiness should not be our final determiner for our actions, particularly in choosing which games we play. I mentioned that games can provide us with a unique world to discuss a variety of issues,...
June 28th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Film, Gaming, Media | Read More

Microsoft vs. Apple: Things Just Got Interesting

Okay, I admit the title is a bit misleading: the ‘war’ between these two tech giants has been interesting for years. The developments over the last week, however, warrant some commentary. I’ve already argued that our mobile and desktop experiences would be converging, and it seems that...
June 12th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Gaming, Media, Technology | Read More

Numerology, Critical Thinking, and Hope

It has been almost a year since the rapture should have occurred, at least according to Harold Camping. Lots of people were convinced by his arguments, and there was at least one couple that sold their property and took a vacation with their life savings, since the rapture was coming and they wouldn’t...
April 30th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Gaming | Read More