Fragment from The Creation Myths by Rodel Tapaya

Computer games as Myth Reconstructions

It took a while but I finally got it done. I’ve read through and corrected/edited  my first academic paper, made sure everything is hunky dory and finally published it online. I could swear this was in my New Year’s resolution like at least two years ago. Nevertheless, I am finally proud to announce my first tackle with the academic world – Computer games as Myth Reconstructions. A juicy 80-page essay filled with action, adventure and game drama. And some really exotic stuff you’ll never read anywhere else because it’s all from my head. Also featuring a fragment from Rodel Tapaya’s The Creation Myths on the cover (thanks Google art project). Continue reading…

Classic video game characters

A Short History: The Rise of Video Game Genres

When thinking about the evolution of video games, we cannot, in any situation, separate it from technological advancement. “The history of the video game is, in parts, a history of technology” (Juul, 2001:online) because games rely on the processing power of technology to function, and even more extensively, to be visually represented. Some academic literature claims that the appearance of video games as such owes a lot to a cultural shift of perspective. But it is debatable whether this cultural shift was produced by an initial technological boom or that cultural development actually inspired new technology.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, so that games appeared as a result of the mutual influence between culture and technology. To make myself clear, I’m going to quote Juul’s example: “the computer game was originally developed on equipment designed for military and academic purposes. But today the computer game is the driving force in the development of much hardware such as 3d graphics accelerators.” Continue reading…

Role-playing like a boss - in your dreams

Gamers are better at lucid dreaming

If you’re not in the least interested in the improving of the self, you might not know what a lucid dream is. A lucid dream is a  dream in which the dreamer is aware of the fact that he or she is dreaming and can alter the flow of the whole dream scenario. If you have at least once, during a nightmare, become conscious of the fact that you are indeed just dreaming and could wake up from the torment, you might very well be on the path of becoming a very effective lucid dreamer. Continue reading…

Close-up of the Little Mermaid. All rights reserved.

The secret life of the Little Mermaid

When people talk about the Little Mermaid they imagine the classic Disney big eyed doll, with perfect hair and a perfect prince, that will live happily ever after. But the original Hans Cristian Andersen story is one about choosing to suffer in silence. The Little Mermaid sacrifices her hypnotic voice in order to get a second chance at life – to become human and try to seduce her lovely prince, knowing that if she fails her charms, she will die after the prince’s wedding. This is no ordinary fairy-tale and the prince turns out to be quite the contemporary douche-bag who needs a good flirt and not distant admiration, so the Little Mermaid ends up back in the sea, one with the waves, foam and water spirits. Continue reading…

Lucidity - an indie game by LucasArts?!

Lucidity – A game forgotten

In the same trend of grown-ups and growing up and growing down and childhood galore and what not, I remembered a game I have almost forgotten…

There is a very fine line between light and darkness. A line that gets even feebler if you add the reality-fiction duality. And sometimes, this tense line shatters and dreams flow richly into reality, dissolving the shadows in the creamy, sunny contrast. That’s when you have to face the world with lucidity, to let yourself dragged in the torrent of ideas, like the foamy shadows upon the surface of a black coffee. Dreams and reality are but facets of the same essential thing that matters in this life, the SELF. Continue reading…

Getting a lease - copyright XKCD

Growing down

Yesterday it was my birthday, so I took a short pause from the usual ludic and literary discourse to simply celebrate myself with some all-you-can-eat sushi. That was well deserved and perfect for the occasion. But enough about me and my culinary journeys. Now I am back, and ready to fall into the deep meditation of what growing up, or rather growing down, means. Continue reading…

A Portal Movie I Would Like to See (Video)

Since I was struck by quite a nasty flu these days I thought I would be better off making a tiny writing pause and delighting you with this short film created by Dan Trachtenberg, who plays with one of the most beloved gaming concepts of the era: portals. Portal: The Escape is witty and unsettling, realistic with just a touch of that supernatural feeling that hangs around the intradimensional shortcuts. However, it drops the sweet and sour humor whose taste Valve slowly made us acquire throughout the series.