I’m interested in thinking through some differences between various types of trailer: film, TV, live performance and video games. The historian in me will be disappointed that I’m going to eschew a diachronic exploration of trailers, in favour of an investigation of their current forms. My examples will therefore generally be quite recent i.e. the… Read More Trailers – Nuthin’ But A ‘Screen’ Thang?
A few days ago Mao wrote his (pretty damning) summary of the BBC’s recent Are Our Kids Tough Enough? and its covert conservative agenda. At the risk of riding his coattails and turning this blog into a China-centric, anti-BBC forum I’m going to continue this discussion with a brief mention of another recent programme: Secrets of China. … Read More Facts About Humans, Secrets of China, and e-sports
I apologise in advance for this entry but I have to catch a train to London in one hour! This blog, however, don’t stop for nuthin’ so let’s go ahead anyway. Other contributors to the blog have written about time in video games and other media and how their perception of an art form is… Read More Initial Thoughts on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
With a tasty latte and delicious yum-yum inside me, I sat down this morning with a few vague ideas as to what to write for this blog entry. While listening to The Unthanks’ gorgeous album Mount The Air (2015) I came across the song Flutter. Something about it sounded familiar. After a couple of listens… Read More A Link Between Memories
Around five years ago my brother bought Sonic Mega Collection (2002) for the GameCube. This started a Christmas tradition of playing through the Sonic games (actually, due to a series of technical glitches, and foolishness, for a few years it was more accurate to say game – singular). Christmas 2014, we started on a more… Read More Sonic Generations and Queer Temporality
The third console game in Rocksteady’s Arkham series (the fourth in the consumers‘) is apparently the final outing we’re getting as the Caped Crusader in this rendition of Gotham City. I think most reviewers were content with the game – it’s “fine” – with fatigue (and the batmobile) being the major criticism. We’ve had 4… Read More Arkham Knight and the Everyday Batman
Having finally arrived at the final boss of Dragon Age: Origins (2009) (playing between assignments for about 3 months) I realise my team is particularly unsuited for this type of battle. After more deaths than I care to recall I decided it might be a good idea to take a break from magi and darkspawn, and… Read More Some thoughts on L.A. Noire