Well, today is Memorial Day in America. If you’re not from America, what that means is A: it’s the ritual opening of the summer season, as compared to the astronomical/meteorological beginning next month. B: people are cooking out everywhere. C: it’s the holiday for recalling the actions and sacrifices of soldiers – it was originally the day of celebration for the treaty that ended one of the World Wars, I think the first one. Many families use it as their family reunion date, and do more or less military-themed stuff as they prefer. Why does this matter? Well, other than my assumption that many of you will actually see this tomorrow (Tuesday), I also thought it would be the best opportunity/excuse I had to finally write about something I’ve been thinking of – game series and their critics. That’s vague. Let’s say, games like Mario and Zelda and their critics. That’s, uh, a little better.
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Posted by cuchlann on 27 May 2013
When internal fanfiction becomes external professional fiction that’s still, uh, fan-oriented, uh, wait, what? Adventure Time!
I’ve been reading this comic. It’s not Batman. It’s not Green Lantern. It’s not even X-Men. It’s Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake. And it’s pretty weird. This is where you say, “How weird is it?” No, seriously, go ahead. OK, cool.
Posted by cuchlann on 6 May 2013
I recently played the Mass Effect series (you can go here to see another post about the first game, actually), and there’s still a lot of salt in that mine – the analogy here is that I’m going to the well again, the Mass Effect well. Make sense? Good? You probably know one of the things in the first game that was such a big deal was the death of a character. So let’s talk about that. Character death in video games.
Posted by cuchlann on 15 April 2013
So I finally got around to watching K-On. I know it’s a little weird, this show no one watched, but I gave it a try and liked it. Maybe you should give it a try, too. Here’s what I thought of it.
Posted by cuchlann on 1 April 2013
Well, turns out Hyouka has not one but two posts on the old Super Fani already. I guess I shouldn’t write one of my own then? I mean, that’d be overkill. Except, of course, that Pontifus was wrong. So let’s fix that, shall we?
How was he wrong? Well, in “A Hastily Erected Shrine to Historiography in Hyouka” he claims the show isn’t a mystery, but a slice of life show. Whoops.
Posted by cuchlann on 4 March 2013
Let us talk about Sword Art Online, particularly its inevitable comparison in my brain to the .hack series, its stated themes, the reaction to it, and its unstated themes. I would ask if that made sense, but it’s probably the most cogent first line I’ve written for a blog in ages (and possibly in my dissertation, who knows?)
Posted by cuchlann on 18 February 2013