Attack of the Clones

About three weeks ago, Capcom released a game called MaXplosion for the iPhone. In the game, the protagonist runs about a science lab, blowing himself up as a means of locomotion. Sounds inventive, right? It would, if it weren’t for the fact that there was already a game featuring a protagonist that runs about a […]

Procedural History

I’ve always found history fascinating.  It ranks among my nerdy interests somewhere above heraldry and below cartography (I was obsessed with maps as a child).  How could you possibly improve upon my love of history?  How about throwing in a dose of, oh, I don’t know…games?  Not surprisingly, then, I think Play the Past is […]

Why Spellcheck Hates Me

The field of Videogame Studies is still relatively young, as academic fields go.  So much so, in fact, that we don’t exactly agree on what to call it.  This is due, in part, to the difficulty we have in defining exactly what it is we study.  For most people, it is fairly obvious what it […]

The Digital Dilemma

For Christmas this year, my wife gave me a Moleskine journal with Pac-Man on the cover.  On Sunday, I began my latest attempt at keeping a journal.  My previous attempts were thwarted by either my inability to remember to write in it, or by my dissatisfaction with my writing style.  More than once, I have […]

Etymology Nazi

When I was first in college, most of my friends were English-major types.  It’s no surprise, then, that I know more than a few Grammar Nazis.  While there have always been cultural conflicts with those who use language “properly” and those who use it “improperly,” the phenomenon of the Grammar Nazi is very much a […]